Material Grill: Why Is Madonna Sporting a Diamond Mouthpiece?

The 55-year-old icon has been seen rocking a diamond grill on her top teeth lately -- but does it seem more like a mid-life crisis than a fashion statement?

Earlier this month, Madonna had a birthday. She turned 55. That made a lot of us feel old -- including, probably, Madonna, given that her latest fashion statement looks a little bit like a mid-life crisis.

In Rome on Wednesday, she showed off a big, shiny, flashy grill outlining several of her top teeth. But it wasn't a debut: It's an accessory she's been rocking this summer. She snapped a toothy Instagram selfie a couple of months ago with the caption "Don't hate me. Hate my #grilz." She also wore her diamond-encrusted dental bling while out with her boyfriend in the south of France earlier this month. 

Here's the thing: We've always loved Madonna for her fearless personal style, and for her ability to do, pretty much, whatever the heck she wanted and get away with it. That's because she owned all of her over-the-top style realness, even (or especially) when it came in the form of crazy cone-shaped bras and other out-there concepts.

But we gotta tell ya, Madge. We're wondering about the grill. Is trying to do what 25-year-old Rihanna does really that original? And honestly: Are grills really that cool? (Um, that was rhetorical. Also, recall that not-so-culturally-relevant-anymore Nelly was rapping about them eight years ago.)

Having said all that, Madonna was rocking a gold tooth back in the '90s -- so maybe this is just a new twist on a look the Material Girl truly, authentically loves. She's just, er, expressing herself in a different way.

Let's hear from you: Is Madonna's grill (ahem) over the borderline, or a look you totally cherish? 

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blogHomebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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