If it hasn’t happened to you, then one of a few things must be true. You could be incredibly lucky, you could be hyper vigilant, or maybe you know how to work a belt and have your clothes fit perfectly. The rest of us have all experienced the dreaded wardrobe malfunction of some sort. It could be as minor as showing off a little plumber’s crack, as brutal as a crotch rip, or even clothes falling off entirely. Whatever the degree, the majority of us have experienced this phenomenon. One thing is abundantly clear, it sucks, and we’re not even celebrities who spend hours in front of the paparazzi.
When we set out to catalog twenty of the most memorable moments where female celebrities had their bodies exposed unintentionally, we only had a few rules. The person in question needs to have been famous at the time or has subsequently become renowned. The photo needs have been taken by paparazzi, which means we were looking for photos taken on red carpets, in the streets or shot with a telephoto lens of some sort. No Janet Jackson Super Bowl shots here. The final rule is that the shot needs to have revealed at least a part of the celeb’s private parts.
20 Anne Hathaway
When Anne Hathaway first made acting waves as the star of the movie The Princess Diaries, there really was no way of knowing how good she was at her art and how respected she would become. Sporting a resume that includes Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married, Les Misérables and Interstellar, Anne seems poised to be one of the great actors of her generation. This photo, taken when she was at the very height of her career, showed the award-winning actress disembarking a truck and exposed her decision to not wear knickers.
19 Bella Thorne
A writer, model, singer and actress, this young woman has managed to do an awful lot for someone who is only eighteen years old. Having previously worked in shows like My Own Worst Enemy, Shake It Up and Scream, Bella Thorne has also been seen in movies like The Duff and Underdogs. Perhaps her most impressive feat though is the fact that she is involved in seven different acting projects that will be released in 2016, and already has three 2017 roles lined up. Seen here wading into shallow waters on a beach, Bella doesn’t do things the old fashioned way so she provided cameramen with a look up her blouse, which allowed a look at her nude chest.
18 Rita Ora
A British singer whose first album, Rita Ora went to the top of The UK’s charts with a bullet, she has become one of the most lusted after and listened to women in the world. Unleashing singles like “R.I.P.”, How We Do (Party)”, and “I Will Let You Down”, she has also found even greater fame due to a guest spot on Iggy Azalea’s song “Black Widow”. Also known to dabble in acting, she plays a character in the Fifty Shades franchise of films, played small parts in Fast & Furious 6 and Southpaw, and even served as a judge on The UK version of The X Factor. Shot here while she was in attendance at a Chanel fashion show in Paris, Rita is wearing a stylish silver jacket that has opened just enough to show off that she isn’t wearing a bra.
17 Iggy Azalea
During Rita Ora’s entry, we briefly mentioned her work on one of Iggy Azalea’s singles and how big a deal for her career it was at the time, which should go to show you how big Iggy once was. Coming to the world’s attention after releasing some music videos on YouTube, it didn’t take too long for songs like “Fancy”, Change Your Life”, and “Work” to turn her into a star. Seen here in an open jacket, sans bra in a snap similar to her former partner in music, the reason why Iggy barely beat out Ms. Ora is that she gave up a bit of a better view of what she is working with.
16 Charlotte McKinney
A bountifully breasted blonde who has been dubbed the next Kate Upton by some, Charlotte McKinney’s already impressive modeling career is clearly on the rise. Appearing for companies like Guess and Carl’s Jr., her commercial for the latter aired during Super Bowl XLIX in some areas, which means many people saw her body of work (get it?) for the first time. Additionally turning herself into more of a personality as of late, she appeared in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser and the twentieth season of Dancing with the Stars. Seen here while she innocently frolicked on the beach, her bikini top, despite a herculean effort, was briefly unable to hold her breasts in place, leading to a tip of a nip getting to slip.
15 Britney Spears
The best-selling teenaged music artist of all time, Britney Spears became an absolute sensation when she was seen in a schoolgirl outfit in the video for “Baby One More Time”. Releasing hit single after hit single in the years since her first success, tracks like “Womanizer”, “Oops I Did It Again”, “Sometimes” and “Toxic”, proved Britney’s ability to sell songs which has made her career long-lasting. Making her way in the world while wearing a green top, the fabric’s inability to stay affixed on her shoulder ensured that this snapshot had a bit more of Brit’s breast than she intended.
14 Mariah Carey
Can’t we just leave celebs alone, paparazzi? The third best-selling female musician in the history of America, Mariah Carey’s awe-inspiring vocal range, which includes the ability to hit five octaves, makes the success she has achieved almost predictable. Known for songs like “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, “We Belong Together” and “Hero” amongst many, many others, Mariah has sold more than two-hundred-million albums over the years. Seen here wearing a bikini inside of a wetsuit in Italy as she gets out of the water, she may have regretted undoing her zipper as her nipple has popped out of all of its coverings.
13 Adrienne Bailon
An alluring American who came to prominence due to taking part in two separate girl groups, 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, Adrienne Bailon’s music career was highly enviable for years. Also an actress, she has worked for The Disney Channel a bunch over the years, including appearing on That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and starring in three Cheetah Girls films. Attending the “Escape to Total Rewards function” (which apparently is a thing) she wore a sheer dress, which was covered in the front by a large ruffle that was prone to swaying in the wind. Evidently opting to go commando, when some of the photogs that ran the red carpet took shots from the right angle, her privates were very visible.
12 Tara Reid
A smoky-voiced actress who seemed blessed with some innate sex appeal, Tara Reid’s true claim to fame was her starring role in the teen sex ensemble comedy American Pie. Previously seen in The Big Lebowski, when her film became a hit, she received roles in the likes of Josie and the Pussycats, Van Wilder and American Pie sequels. After Tara’s career began to hit the skids, she received a few extra kicks at fame with attempted comebacks like her part in the TV show Scrubs and playing the female lead in the Sharknado series of films. Arguably the least fortunate incident on this list, Tara walked the red carpet at a birthday party for Diddy. When her dress strap left her shoulder, Tara somehow didn’t realize anything had happened and stood with her boob out as lots of photos were taken.
11 Lindsay Lohan
At one time Lindsay Lohan was arguably the biggest young star in the world. Beginning her acting career as a child, her most famous film is Mean Girls but flicks like Freaky Friday, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Just My Luck and Bobby, were well received. Also finding success in the singing world, her singles “Rumors”, “Over”, "Confessions of A Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)” and "A Beautiful Lie”, all did quite well for her. Seen here as she departed a boat in order to make her way to the Cannes Film Festival, Lindsay’s big step forced her to raise her knee higher than advisable which gave cameras an angle at her uncovered body beneath her dress.
10 Chrissy Teigen
A model that appears to be extremely adept at ensuring her profile remains high, Chrissy Teigen turned a start as an “IGN Babe” and Deal or No Deal substitute model into an impressive career. Photographed multiple times for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, her modeling career is expansive but it is her work on shows like Inside Amy Schumer, The Mindy Project, and Lip Sync Battle that make her stand out. Seen here as she attends the White House Correspondents in a gorgeous gown, she looks fantastic but due to the slit in the dress going a little bit too high she got even more attention. Especially skin barring when she hugged fellow attendee Russell Wilson, at least Chrissy seems like she took it all in stride.
9 Katy Perry
One of the biggest pop stars today, from the moment Katy Perry first became famous, after "I Kissed A Girl" became a surprise hit, her sex appeal played a part in her persona. Able to score big hits with tracks like “E.T.”, “Firework”, “Roar” and “Teenage Dream”, we don’t have enough space here to even begin to list all of her big songs. A big enough star to begin to have acting opportunities come her way, she has been seen in The Smurfs and Zoolander 2, on top of a documentary about her career called Katy Perry: Part of Me. Given some very well deserved time off, Katy and some friends made their way to a waterpark where she should have been anonymous. Shot by an unseen figure, her attempt to escape the water made her bikini bottom become waterlogged which then made it droop, revealing all of Katy’s behind.
8 Lady Gaga
One of the edgiest celebrities today, Lady Gaga has proven time and time again that she doesn’t see her body as anything to be ashamed of. One of the best-selling musicians of all time, songs like “Just Dance”, “Born This Way”, “Telephone” and “Alejandro” have turned her into a dance floor phenomenon. Add her visually fascinating music videos, acting in movies like Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For on top of a Gold Globe winning stint on American Horror Story to the mix and she becomes peerless. Seen here at the 2011 Fashion Awards red carpet, either her dress has slid down or her boobs have broken free. Either way, paparazzi got lots of shots that include both of her nipples.
7 Anna Kournikova
A professional tennis player who became a crossover star at the dawn of the millennium, any attempt to pretend that she owed her renown to her athletic career would be pretty disingenuous. Despite never winning a major singles title in tennis, Anna Kournikova did manage to be ranked number one in doubles play at one point but we doubt many people who had her posters or calendars were aware of that. One-half of a long-standing and highly scrutinized couple with Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, she didn’t have much of a chance to deflect the spotlight for several years, which led to this shot. Walking down a beach, clearly unaware that photogs from a distance had her in their sights, Anna innocently adjusted her bikini bottoms, flashing followers she never knew were present.
6 Alessandra Ambrosio
One of the most famous models in the world, Alessandra Ambrosio was chosen to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, one of the most coveted gigs in modeling, a role she fulfills to this day. Also employed by the likes of Armani, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren, to name just a few, there is little questioning that she is one of the most beautiful people alive as People Magazine has stated in the past. A beautiful brunette who gets paid to make clothes and companies look good, it should come as no surprise that she has occasionally given us a good view of her figure. During a Miami photoshoot that took place in May of 2016, she revealed a little more than she had planned as an eagle-eyed paparazzi that seemed to be using a telephoto lens captured.
5 Eva Longoria
An actress who is best known for her incredible looks, a lengthy stint on a prime time soap and her marriage to NBA standout Tony Parker, Eva Longoria has spent a great deal of time in the eye of cameras. Acting on Desperate Housewives, a show whose popularity seemed omnipresent at one time, she received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for the role. Working consistently ever since, she has appeared on shows like The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and even Masterchef, and has branched out into producing as well. However when she arrived at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in a beautiful dress, her acting career took a backseat to finding herself on gossip pages around the world. Stepping over a small puddle of some kind of fluid, Eva lifted her dress in order to make sure it wasn’t ruined but she should have been a tad more careful as her unadorned privates became visible.
4 Maria Menounos
A multi-faceted woman who is best known for her television hosting gigs, Maria Menounos is best known for working as a correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood and Extra. Having also wrestled several matches for the WWE, inducted Bob Backlund into their Hall of Fame and guest hosted WWE RAW, she has a well-defined relationship with the biggest wrestling company ever. Finally, despite most people not thinking of her as an actress, she has twenty-four separate acting credits on IMDb, including ten episodes of One Tree Hill. Seen here in the ocean while she has fun on the beach with friends, her bikini bottoms seem to have failed at their only job as they have moved just enough to give up a shot at her privates.
3 Jessica Alba
Famous for being an actress, Jessica Alba, despite the fact that she has a whole lot of performances under her belt seems to serve as eye candy more than anything. Cast in Idle Hands, Sin City and its sequel, Good Luck Chuck, Honey, the Fantastic Four franchise and many other movies, she has become internationally known. Also an incredibly successful businesswoman, she co-founded The Honest Company, a maker of non-toxic household products that was valued at 1.7 billion in late 2015. Adjusting her bikini bottoms, Jessica very briefly flashed some serious crack while she was dogged by photographers with powerful lenses.
2 Margot Robbie
When Margot Robbie walked on screen in The Wolf of Wall Street, we had no idea who she was but we wanted more. Playing the wife of the film’s lead character, she would gloriously appear in the buff and give a really great performance which turned her into one of the fastest ascending acting stars of today. Also getting work in the criminally under-seen time travel drama About Time, she has received roles in Focus, The Big Short, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Suicide Squad. About to hit the town in a yellow dress, Margot remained seated in a vehicle when photogs took this photo where her nipple has come out of hiding.
1 Sophie Marceau
An accomplished French actress whose career has gone strong for more than twenty years, for many people in North America, Sophie Marceau might as well just be named the Queen from Braveheart. Sure, she won a César Award (the French equivalent of an Oscar) and became a Bond Girl with her work in The World Is Not Enough but there are still very few people on this side of the pond who don’t think of her work alongside Mel Gibson when they see her. Well, that and when she has garnered a great deal of internet infamy due to the time in 2005, where he dress strap slipped off her shoulder while at the Cannes film festival, revealing the entirety of one of her breasts.