Beyoncé wearing a Rubin Singer creation at the 2013 Superbowl halftime show.
Beyoncé sure loves her exotic animal skin. Page Six reports European customs seized a one-legged silvery cobra-skin jumpsuit, custom-made for the “Flawless” singer by New York couturier and “rare-skin specialist” Rubin Singer, just days before the opening of her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” in Lisbon on Wednesday. A flurry of paperwork has since paved its arrival, but was the fuss worth it? “So after she moves, gyrates, jumps or sweats in it, what happens to it subsequently?” muses columnist Cindy Adams. “After the One Big Night, she maybe doesn’t even wear the thing again. Few have desperate need for a one-legged shiny cobra jumpsuit. Maybe it’s hacked down to a onesie for Baby Blue Ivy.”
So much for her “spiritual” vegan cleanse in November. Poachers often skin snakes in horrifying ways, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Tossed unceremoniously in a pile and left to die, the animals can suffer for days before succumbing to shock or dehydration.
To kill snakes for their skins, poachers often nail them to trees and skin them alive, according to PETA.
“Beyoncé’s recent foray into vegan eating was prompted by her desire to have a more spiritual approach to life, and she would likely be horrified to learn that snakes, who are considered holy animals in India, are nailed to trees, pumped full of water, and skinned alive, all in the name of fashion—the exact opposite of reverence for life,” Sachin Bangera, PETA India’s manager of media and celebrity projects, tells Ecouterre. “With the world at her fingertips—and with a face and a body that would look beautiful in a burlap sack—Beyoncé can surely find something stylish for her tour that doesn’t cause the painful deaths of beautiful animals.”
This isn’t the first time Queen Bey has landed in hot water over her yen for animal hides. In 2013, the chanteuse was criticized for commissioning a pair of Isabel Marant sneakers using an array of exotic animal skins, including calf hair, anaconda, stingray, crocodile, and ostrich.