The big sexy leotard debate: Have Beyonce, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus crossed a line?

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Where's 'the line' between sexy and explicit? Is it purely a question of leotard-wearing class?

From Jessie J's new Alive tour wardrobe to Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and now Rihanna in South Africa, the leotard is being used and abused by stage performers everywhere.

So we're asking - where's the line?

At what point does it stop being sporty (in a performing arts kind of way), become sexy and then progress to downright explicit?

Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus in leotards conjure very different mental images, not to mention reactions, yet they both dance, shake and gyrate on stage in not very many clothes.



Is it the styling? Does Jessie J's flowing skirt and Beyonce's nude fishnet tights keep them on the safer side of raunchy?

Rihanna's been wearing long sleeves however, with her act showing zero signs of increased modesty.

Which makes us think, it's more what you do in the leotard, than the leotard itself.

rihanna - sexy animal print leotard - south africa - handbag.com

© Instagram / Rihanna

Rihanna gives us a cheeky rear view in South Africa



While Beyoncé loves to give us a full-frontal hip thrust from time to time before shaking that bum like it's her last chance in life, the fact that she's not simulating sex with a foam finger or repeatedly grabbing her crotch - makes a difference.

Same goes for Jessie J, Katy Perry and even Jennifer Lopez.

While they're flashing the flesh, strutting their stuff and getting their groove well and truly on, they don't grab the same headlines for being explicit.

The fact these (classier?) ladies mostly leave their leotard wearing for the stage counts for rather a lot too.

Miley Cyrus for Terry Richardson

© Terry Richardson/terrysdiary.com

Miley Cyrus in her leotard for Terry Richardson. Too much?



Can you imagine Jessie J bending over in her leotard for a photographer to take a snap of her bare bum?

No, us either.

How do you feel about the whole leotard debate? Has it gone too far since Single Ladies made it 'the thing'?

Where do YOU draw the line?



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