Ariana Madix Kicks Off “DWTS” With a Nod to Her Revenge Dress
Ariana Madix is once again dressing for revenge. During the Sept. 26 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” season 32, the reality star graced the stage in a fiery red costume reminiscent of the unforgettable revenge dress she wore to the “Vanderpump Rules” season 10 reunion. The sultry performance outfit featured similar cutouts, long sleeves, and a strip of red fabric across her stomach, with the addition of double thigh-high leg slits and sparkling crystal details for even more drama.
Madix initially wore the ab-baring design in the wake of #Scandoval after finding out her boyfriend of nine years was having an affair with one of her close friends. Her original look wasn’t technically a dress, but rather a crop top and matching maxi skirt – both from Mônot – but it definitely got the job done and made a statement. She debuted the re-created ensemble for a fitting tango performance set to “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld, dancing alongside a much more loyal partner, Pasha Pashkov.
As Madix explained prior to her first dance, “Dancing With the Stars” was something she decided to do in order to move on from the chaos of her very public breakup. “As a woman, cheaters suck, but you just showed anybody who is watching how you handle a cheater,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Madix in praise of her high-energy performance.
Moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see whether Madix’s costumes include any other nods to her reality TV past, or if she’ll start an entirely clean slate. Either way, she’s excited to show off a side of herself you might not have seen before. “This is going to be a more confident, fun, and vibrant version of myself,” she said prior to the performance, per People. “Because I don’t need anybody else. I love me.”
Read ahead to check out Madix’s “DWTS” costumes so far.