Måneskin make MTV VMAs debut with racy ‘Supermodel’ performance

Fans have criticised MTV for appearing to censor the Italian band’s appearance

Måneskin made their debut appearance at the MTV VMAs tonight (August 28), delivering a racy version of ‘Supermodel’ at the awards show.

The annual ceremony is taking place in Newark, New Jersey, at the Prudential Center, where Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow and LL Cool J are co-hosting the event.

Måneskin brought dancers with them for their performance of ‘Supermodel’, which saw singer Damiano David performing in assless chaps and a leather thong.


According to photos, bassist Victoria De Angelis had moved to the front of the stage as a crowd of dancers surrounded the band. However, as the performance continued, and her top fell around her waist, cameras panned away.

Fans have hit out at MTV, though, as the camera frequently cut away from the band’s performance to show an aerial shot of the arena instead. “They would’ve been the most iconic performance this year if y’all didn’t sensor them [sic],” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“Damn the VMAs censored tf out of Maneskin they are SO SEXY,” added another. “WTF @MTV @vmas???? You’ve ruin Maneskin performance!!!!” Tweeted another.


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NME has contacted representatives of the MTV VMAs for comment.

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