When referring to fashion choices it appears the rich and famous are often the people with enough dough to push the boundaries of acceptability. Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. In reality, it almost feels like every big-time celebrity has some sort of fashion line they're plugging any chance they get, right? Makeup, hair care, perfume, clothing, the list goes on and on. Well, that is if they don't have a movie, album, or tell-all book they're trying to promote. It's not like we all haven't heard them pitching their brands. That's part of being famous, or at least it is in their world.
There isn't an artist walking amongst us that pushes those boundaries further than Lady Gaga. Her outfits, or costumes, whatever you want to call them, have been outrageous throughout the years, haven't they? So wild in fact that we decided to compile a list of her most ridiculous wardrobe faux pas to date. Most of the time she does her damndest to shock onlookers and she does one heck of a job doing so as this article will prove. Whether or not you're a fan of her music or her sense of style these 15 photos will surely have you shaking your head asking, "what was she thinking!"
15 2009 VMA Awards
Even though you can't see her face it's likely that you'd know exactly who this masked woman is holding a VMA award even if you weren't reading this article. Instyle's website reveals that in 2009 the famous artist was wearing "a sheer vintage Alexander McQueen number and a Haus of Gaga crown to pick up one of her three awards that evening."
This photo of Lady Gaga most definitely lends a few clues as to what you readers will be seeing her wear throughout the entirety of this piece. Trust us when we say that her outfits get more and more jaw-dropping. What else can you expect from an odd duck like her?
14 ArtRave - The Artpop Ball
It's hard to say what Lady Gaga was thinking when she decided to wear this costume performing on stage. Obviously, she looks like an octopus, right? She's got enough arms to be one, that's for sure. Most people think that octopuses have tentacles but they would be mistaken. They're actually called arms, just like humans.
As to why resembling a sea creature was so important to her we may never know but that doesn't make her any less fun to gawk at. Fashionistas call this her "Octopus" outfit and for good reason. Wikipedia reminds us that "ArtRave: The Artpop Ball was the fourth headlining concert tour by American singer Lady Gaga. Supporting her third studio album Artpop, the tour ran from May 4, 2014, to November 24, 2014."
13 Halftime Show At The Super Bowl
Andrew Unterberger of Billboard describes Lady Gaga's performance at the 2017 Super Bowl reporting she was "dressed in her Gaga Stardust makeup and wardrobe, she kicked off her set in earnest with early classic "Poker Face," and ran through "Born This Way," "Telephone" and "Just Dance" from there. There were aerials, there were key-tars, there were a whole lot of angular gesticulations and dance routines with slightly alien choreography. It was Gaga through and through, and every song felt more gratifying than the last; storming hi-NRG anthems of NRG Stadium size, reminding you why Gaga's pop supremacy was so inarguable not all that long ago."
Even if Gaga hasn't been at the top of the charts recently, her songs, and her wardrobe, won't soon be forgotten.
12 Covered In Kermit
Lady Gaga has always been eccentric. Hence the Kermit the Frog outfit you see her wearing in this photo. Underneath all those frog legs she's got over 14 tattoos as well according to IMDB. Wonder what they are? You're in the right place!
She has "a peace sign on her left wrist, "Little Monsters" on her left inner bicep, a Rainer Rilke quote on her left inner bicep, the death date of her aunt Joanne on her left inner bicep, "Tokyo Love" on her left shoulder blade, a heart with "Dad" on her left shoulder blade, daises on her left shoulder blade, a treble clef on her center lower back, flowers up her left side, a unicorn with "Born This Way" on her left thigh, the word "ARTPOP" on her left forearm, an anchor on the left side of her ribcage, a cherub on the back of her head and the word "Rio" on the back of her head."
11 2009 VMA Awards
Lady Gaga doesn't hold back when attending the VMA Music Awards, does she? WinCalender informs us that "the MTV Video Music Awards is an annual award show that seeks to honor achievements in the music video industry. Conceptualized by MTV, the show has been hosted by MTV since its inception in 1984."
Are you curious who's won the most "moon-man" awards since 1984? Is it Michael Jackson? That's a solid guess and to be honest that's who I thought it was, but nope, it's not! Maybe it's Lady Gaga herself? Nah, she's not even close. The person who holds the most MTV music awards is none other than Madonna with a whopping 20 and counting.
10 The Ritz Carlton In Berlin
This insane photo of Lady Gaga was taken at the Ritz Carlton in Berlin. Some refer to this outfit as the "Chicken McNugget" outfit and for good reason. There's no doubt that this wardrobe faux pas is a hard one to forget! Dailymail reports that "the singer left her hotel in Berlin wearing a giant triangular mask, covered in fur, and featuring a golden beak from Charlie Le Mindu Fall 2013 Haute Coiffure collection."
I'm not exactly sure how she's wearing anything that is part of a collection but apparently, she is. Dailymail also provides a bit of information on her headpiece saying, "according to Charlie (the designer), his headpieces have a tribal influence: through a juxtaposition of traditional African tribal culture, and the experimental and bold aesthetic of hair, hair pieces, weave and color within urban communities of African descent in the West."
9 London After Show Party
Wouldn't it be cool to see a woman dressed up in an outfit like this at a Halloween party? Sure, we may not know what she's trying to look like but at least it's entertaining. At the very worst she's going to get your attention!
Lady Gaga's been getting the attention of her fans for a while now, hasn't she? IMDB reports, "by the age of 14, Gaga was performing at open mike nights in clubs and bars. By age 17, she had gained early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to sharpening her songwriting skills, she composed essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues and politics. At the age of 19, Gaga withdrew from her studies and moved out of her parents' home in order to pursue a musical career. During this time she started a band which began to gain local attention."
8 2018 Grammys
The Grammys are one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the entertainment industry. Lady Gaga has won 6 Grammys and has been nominated an additional 19 times over her short, yet, illustrious career.
Grammy.com reminds us that "Gaga won her first two Grammys at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance Recording ("Poker Face") and Best Dance/Electronic Album (The Fame). She also made her first performance appearance on the Grammy stage that same year, singing a medley that included "Poker Face" and "Speechless" and "Your Song" in a duet with Elton John." What singer/songwriter wouldn't want to perform with the uber famous Sir Elton John? That sounds like an awesome evening to win your first Grammy, doesn't it?
7 Modeling For Photographer Annie Leibowitz
IMDB reports "in a 2011 Billboard poll, Gaga was voted as having the Best Fashion for 2011 and was also voted as the Most Overrated artist of 2011. Her song "Born This Way" was voted as the 3rd Favorite Hot 100 No. 1 (16% of all votes), behind "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele (32% of all votes) and "Hold it Against Me" by Britney Spears (31% of all votes). Gaga's album "Born This Way" was also voted as the 3rd Favorite No. 1 album for 2011 (17% of votes), behind "21" by 'Adele' (35% of votes) and "Femme Fatale" by Britney Spears (33% of votes)."
Do you think that she's taken her sense of style too far since then? If you're not sure just ask her bodyguard who's carrying her after a photo shoot in this picture. It makes sense doesn't it? Look at her shoes! It's probably impossible to walk properly in those things.
6 YouTube Music Awards 2013
Now those are some gnarly teeth, don't you agree? Who shows up looking like that to an awards event anyway? Lady Gaga does, that's who! She looks like she just got done filming a horror film and decided to walk straight down the red carpet!
Wikipedia provides us with a closer look at what the YouTube Music Awards are stating, "the YouTube Music Awards (commonly abbreviated as YTMA) is an award show presented by YouTube to honor the best in the music video medium. Fans could vote in each category by posting specific links from Youtube.com/YTMA on either their Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The video with the most posts in each category was the winner." In 2015 Lady Gaga won her first YTMA award after being nominated in 2013.
5 amfAR Charity Gala
I don't know about you but for some silly reason, I think she looks pretty cool in this photo! Rumor has it Lady Gaga had pearls glued all over her face the evening she wore this crazy ensemble. I'll go out on a limb and guess they're not real pearls but then again I've heard crazier things.
When discussing fashion the famous singer is quoted saying, "people assume that when I'm off stage I transform back into someone else. But I truly believe in the glamorous lifestyle that I present to the outside world. I love glamor. A glamorous life is quite different to a life of luxury. I don't need luxury. For years I was practically broke but I was still vain and glamorous."
4 Meeting Queen Elizabeth
Meeting Queen Elizabeth is a big deal, don't you think? At least most people would agree with that statement. Most people would want to be looking their best when meeting the Queen. Maybe that's what Lady Gaga thought she was doing when she wore this dress. Wondering what the Queen's thinking in this photograph? If you are you're not the only one!
InStyle tell us that "Gaga brought a little Queen Elizabeth along to meet Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in London. Designer Atsuko Kudo told Gaga Fashionland that the latex gown (and its matching ruff collar) took seven workers two weeks to complete." That dress took seven workers, two weeks to complete! You got to be kidding me!
3 Narita International Airport
Why in the world you'd want to wear her outfit through an International Airport is beyond most of us. We do know that Lady Gaga loves Tokyo though, and she's seen here photographed in 2012 wearing what looks like...who knows; your guess is as good as mine?
Either way, this outfit of Gaga's is one of the reasons we put this list together. The singer has always pushed the buck when it comes to fashion and it shows. She's quoted saying, "I would rather die than have my fans not see me in a pair of high heels. I'd never give up my wigs or hats for anything. You see legendary people taking out their trash, I think it's destroying show business."
2 2010 VMA Awards
Most women take offense to being treated like a piece of meat. Who can blame them? After all, no one wants to be treated like something you take to a barbecue, right? Well, that doesn't go for one of Americas most well-known singers. This photograph was taken at the 2010 VMA awards. Oddly enough Lady Gaga appears to be snug as a bug in a rug underneath all that beef (apparently 50 lbs of it).
I bet the celeb who drew the short straw and was sitting next to her was in for far more of an aroma than they anticipated that night. Who knows, maybe Ms. Gaga brought some nasty flies in along with her to the event. Regardless, if there's a person on earth that can make a meat dress look at home on them, it's Lady Gaga.
1 That Deer In The Headlights Look
How about one last photo to round out this super entertaining list named "15 Times Lady Gaga's Fashion Choices Were Terrible (But We Couldn't Look Away)"? For a woman that can look so attractive she certainly can look quite the opposite, don't you agree?
Her hair looks like she stuck her finger in an electrical socket and her makeup isn't doing her any favours in this photograph either. In reality, though, that's part of the singer/songwriters appeal. She doesn't have a filter and some of us admire that about her. Lady Gaga's been quoted saying it best, "Be yourself and love who you are and be proud. Because you were born this way, baby." It's kind of hard to argue with her when she puts it like that!