Clothes are meant to keep us covered up but from time they fail us, and this can result in what is known as a wardrobe malfunction. This is the term used to define the accidental exposure of a person’s intimate parts due to a temporary failure of their clothing. It differs from “flashing” as this kind of exposure is not deliberate although in the world of celebrities we can never be quite sure whether or not they intend to expose themselves for extra publicity. Although such incidents have been happening for years the term “wardrobe malfunction” was only coined in the mid-2000s. It was Justin Timberlake who was credited with the term when he used it to explain the controversy that occurred during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime-show when Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the performance. He said that he was “sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl….” and so the term was born.
There are so many things that can go wrong – even when you are wearing expensive clothes like these celebrities. We hope you enjoy this list of celebs who are still trying to live down their embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions…
15. Russian Model’s Slip
Deciding to go braless to a big film premiere is a bold move but when you’re as drop dead gorgeous as this Russian model you should be able to get away with it – if only your dress could stay put!
Photographers and fans at the premiere of John Wick: Chapter Two got a lot more than they bargained for when Tanya Mityushina arrived at the event. The young model is used to flaunting her body but we don’t think this was quite what she had in mind for this night. The 23-year-old, who was featured in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, seemed to be unaware that her dress was a little loose around the chest and that she was inadvertently giving everyone a flash of her lady bits.
14. 50 Shades Of Dakota
Dakota Johnson made her film debut alongside her mom Melanie Griffith in the comedy-drama Crazy in Alabama but it was her role as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey that earned her international recognition. This role earned her the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination. But we wonder what her mom had to say about the wardrobe malfunction that almost left her accepting her prize topless?
As she accepted her People’s Choice award from Alison Brie and Leslie Mann, Leslie gave Dakota a hug but accidentally undid her sparkly Armani Prive Couture crop top in the process – whoops! Luckily Alison Brie saw what was happening and went in to help, otherwise who knows what might have happened.
13. The Queen Of Wardrobe Malfunctions
We couldn’t have a list of celebrity wardrobe malfunctions and not include Britney Spears, could we? Those super-fast wardrobe changes for her Las Vegas shows have landed her in hot water more than once. Here we see her desperately trying to hold on to her top with her hand after it came loose during a dance performance and gave the audience a lot more than they paid for. If you’ve ever had a similar public wardrobe malfunction you can just imagine what it must be like to have such a slip up in front of thousands of people! In the second picture, someone had to step in and help the singer when she appeared on stage with her outfit not quite zipped up. Slow down girl, and put your clothes on properly, please!
12. Watch Where You Walk
Don’t you hate it when someone steps on clothes and nearly tears them off? Well, that’s what almost happened to High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens on this day and the paparazzi were standing by hoping to get the shot of a lifetime. Vanessa is no stranger to embarrassing photos – in 2006 leaked photos of her posing nude appeared on the internet, an incident that she claimed left her highly embarrassed.
And she was very nearly humiliated again when her boyfriend Austin Butler stepped on her trousers while the pair were out walking together. The trousers came down a bit and revealed her knickers but luckily for her she was able to catch them before they ended up on the ground. Better watch where you are going Austin!
11. Katherine Heigl Takes Wardrobe Malfunctions In Her Stride
27 Dresses star Katherine Heigl obviously didn’t think that her own dress would let her down quite as badly as it did. While accepting her award for Female Star of the Year at the ShoWest awards in Las Vegas one of the straps of her tight red dress became undone, almost exposing her on live TV. But the Grey’s Anatomy star took it all in her stride and managed to hold up the dress and continue with her acceptance speech until the show’s host Billy Bush stepped in to lend a helping hand.
10. Janet Bursts Out Of Her Top
When you hear the words “wardrobe malfunction” what is the first image that comes to mind? For many of us, it is this image – Janet Jackson flashing the world at the 2004 Super Bowl with Justin Timberlake alongside her. Apparently, her outfit was just too tight to effectively contain her and she literally burst right out of it, in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers. And poor Justin didn’t know where to put his eyes or what to do! But we suppose that publicly exposing too much of yourself is just one of the risks of being in the spotlight. It will take a long time for this memory to fade from our collective memory and we are sure Janet feels the same way about this unforgettable night.
9. Lindsey Vonn’s Holey Pants
Lindsey’s list of achievements is outstanding considering that she is now only 32 years old. This gorgeous American World Cup alpine ski racer has won four World Cup overall championships and is one of only two female skiers ever to do so. During her sporting career, Vonn has won 77 World Cup races – an all-time woman’s record and is generally considered to be the most successful American ski racer in history.
That said, you’d think she would know better than this! Venturing out to the gym to work up a sweat in any old thing that you can find might be fine for the rest of us but come on Lindsey – you know people are going to take photos of you. And having a picture of your bum clad in icky holey tights doing the rounds on the internet is going to be pretty hard to live down.
8. Legs For Days
We all love a good success story and Amethyst Amelia Kelly AKA Iggy Azalea certainly has one of those. Iggy came to the United States as a high school dropout and in the space of just a few short years ended up topping the billboard charts with songs like “Fancy”. But her talents don’t seem to end with her hip hop music – this young lady also has a body to die for and is not afraid to show it off. But she showed off a little more than she wanted to when she attended the 2013 VMA awards in a long slinky black number. The outfit showed a lot of leg – maybe just a little too much and we are sure the Australian beauty still cringes when she looks at these photos. Wouldn’t you?
7. Tara’s Infamous Slip
There might have been a time when Tara Reid was a hot commodity but that time has come and gone. She was popular in the late 90’s but her drunken and somewhat slutty persona seemed to have completely wrecked her credibility. And with slip-ups like this epic wardrobe malfunction you can’t blame people for not taking her seriously.
This infamous nip slip occurred when the actress attended Diddy’s 35th birthday party back in 2004. She was posing for photographers on the red carpet when a strap of her dress fell down and exposed her entire breast. Tara didn’t even notice what had happened until about 10 seconds later when a publicist stepped in to cover her up. It was more than enough time for the paparazzi to get enough pictures to make the incident infamous.
6. Miranda Reveals All On The Red Carpet
Miranda Kerr’s black floral-designed dress was meant to strategically cover her nipples but unfortunately, it led to an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction instead. This slip-up occurred when the former Victoria’s Secret model arrived at the premiere of Mademoiselle C in New York City in September 2013. From what we are able to piece together it looks like Kerr tried to adjust her hair while posing on the red carpet and this caused her top to ride up, revealing both her nipples.
And it wasn’t the only time that year that Kerr suffered a wardrobe malfunction either. Earlier on in 2013 she also accidentally revealed both breasts during a photo shoot. She was posing for pictures at the time when a sudden gust of wind ripped off her jumper, revealing her breasts.
5. Kanye, Fix Your Belt!
It seems that with Kanye West we always get a little more than we bargained for, doesn’t it? Sure, it certainly keeps things interesting but it feels like we never know what to expect from him. When he’s not talking incoherently about his own popularity or butting in on other people’s speeches then he’s doing stuff like this – walking around with his pants dangerously close to leaving his body entirely. Please, Kanye – we know you have loads of money – just buy a better belt!
The paparazzi following Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian on this night in 2012 almost got the shot of a lifetime when he emerged from his car with his pants falling off. Makes you wonder just what they had been getting up to in there!
4. Leaving Little To The Imagination
Model Giulia Salemi was at The Young Pope premiere at the Venice Film Festival in an equally revealing outfit. The Venice Film Festival is generally considered to be quite a classy affair so outfits like these are definitely not what people are used to seeing but that seemed to make little difference to Salemi who ripped up the rule book and arrived in a dress which barely kept her covered. She left onlookers speechless as she posed professionally for the hordes of photographers in her diaphanous orange number and with a few twists and turns revealed exactly what she had on underneath – steamy!
3. Where Is Your Underwear, Anne?
It’s important to dress appropriately for the weather – even if you are going to film premiere. And part of dressing for cold weather involves wearing underwear right? Well someone needs to tell Anne Hathaway that because it looks like it completely slipped her mind when she attended the New York premiere of Les Miserables. As she was getting out of the car her tight dress rode up and revealed all, much to the delight of the paparazzi. Anne was overheard talking about it the next day when she said, “I was getting out of the car and my dress was so tight that I didn’t realize it until I saw all the photographers’ flashes”. Bet she won’t be leaving the house without underwear again anytime soon!
2. Racy Side Slits
If we’ve learned anything from celebrities and their near disasters on the red carpet it’s this – check your outfit before leaving home! This is especially important if you are wearing a particularly revealing outfit and might just save you from a lifetime of embarrassment. Especially if you are still an up and coming celebrity like Dayane Mello.
Mello is a Brazilian model who rose to prominence after she landed a contract with Elite Models in 2014. Here we see her at the premiere of The Young Pope at the Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino last year wearing a stunning hot pink number but it showed a lot more skin than she intended. Or maybe it’s all just part of her plan to get into the spotlight?
1. Nicki Manages To Hold It Together – Just!
We just can’t seem to have a VMA awards ceremony without wardrobe malfunction or two but that’s all part of the fun. This time it was Nicki Minaj’s turn. The singer reappeared on stage after a super-quick wardrobe change but it seems like whoever helped her get dressed missed out a few buttons and zips. When her ensemble began to unravel on stage Nicki was left with no choice but to try and hold everything on to protect her modesty until she finished her song.
Nicki has become almost as famous for her wardrobe mishaps as she is for her singing. She suffered another one earlier this year when her black dress ripped all the way down the back at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, which forced her to have to change into a backup outfit.
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