Selena Gomez Embraced the Cutout Trend at the VMAs—But Not in the Way You Think

We simply can’t calm down. Selena Gomez came to slay at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, walking the pink carpet in a red-hot beaded halter gown with a swishy fringed hem by Oscar de la Renta that has me feeling like the dancing-woman emoji.

The 31-year-old paired the look with strappy red sandals and diamond-encrusted silver flower earrings and a matching flower double ring and bracelet. She wore her hair center-parted and sleek and finished the look with a smoky eye.

Gomez in Oscar de la Renta

Jamie McCarthy

Clearly, Gomez is embracing the cutout trend—but not in the way that you think. Rather than symmetrical cutouts like Bebe Rexha’s or abs-baring ones like Shakira’s, Gomez showed some skin under the floral appliqués on the bodice.

Gomez, currently enjoying an end-of-summer win streak with the third season of Only Murders in the Building wrapping up on Hulu and her song “Single Soon” in the Top 20 on the Billboard charts, is nominated for song of the year, best collaboration, and best Afrobeats for a remix of the song “Calm Down” by the artist Rema on which Gomez is featured.

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