It’s a narrative as old as time itself, made even more badgering by Twitter’s instant flood of opinions and “Fashion Police’s” ruthlessness played off as playfulness. Celebs these days just can’t catch a break from the scrutiny.

And so, when Ciara showed up to perform the National Anthem at the College Football Playoff Championship on Monday night, it wasn’t her vocal abilities that got people talking (which is a shame, because she sounded incredible). It was her dress.

Before we take a good, hard look at Ciara’s gown, consider yourself warned: you’re about to see some — GASP! — cleavage.

So. What we have here is a floor-length gown with a cape and a sheer, V-shaped panel that, yes, does show off a bit of cleavage. Or a lot, depending on who you ask. Former ESPN reporter Bonnie Bernstein was among the first to criticize Ciara’s dress as too revealing for a national audience ignoring the fact that the cheerleaders were wearing a lot less.

Sexiest or not?

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