Though this talented quartet may have won an award for their music video for the song “Lady Marmalade,” they certainly didn’t win over any fashion critics. Wearing what have to be some of the worst trends of the early 2000s, we wonder how they left their house looking the way they did.
From gravity-defying low-rise pants to unnecessary hats, we can’t believe so many fashion crimes could fit in one picture. Let’s not even talk about Lil Kim’s strange hair extensions. We like to think the girls were simply having a fashion “off day.”
Avril Lavigne, 2021
Once a regular on MTV, Avril Lavigne has been missing from the music scene for several years, which is why we were so excited when we heard she would be attending the 2021 VMAs. That excitement quickly ended when we saw what she decided to wear. Hot pink plaid over a sparkly bra? Early 2000s Avril would never!
While her painful plaid outfit is giving us nightmares, we do have to appreciate how the jacket opens into a heart shape. Also good to see that she’s still rocking her signature over-the-top smokey eyeliner!
Paula Abdul, 1987
If you’ve ever wondered what a mermaid crossed with a country singer would look like, look no further. Paula Abdul showed up to the 1987 awards show looking like a mermaid that took a job singing at a local honky-tonk.
Wearing a turquoise sequined skirt suit and matching bra, she looked like Princess Ariel’s less-stylish cousin. We know we should cut her some slack, given that it was the late ‘80s, but we just can’t get past it. Between the sequins and the western-style fringe on the jacket, this whole look is “Straight Up” horrible!
Stacy Ferguson, 1998
Many people don’t know, but before Fergie was talking about her “Glamorous” life, the singer went by her real name, Stacy Ferguson, and was part of a girl's group called Wild Orchid.
In what must be the most late-’90s outfit we’ve seen in a while, Fergie showed up to the award show in this metallic monstrosity. Ignoring the awful metallic matching tube top and pants, why is she wearing a cowboy hat…and flip-flops? Did she plan on hitting the beach after the show?
Dennis Rodman, 1995
Known for his rather unique style, Dennis Rodman kept the tabloids busy during the ‘90s with his eccentric lifestyle and even stranger fashion sense. In 1995, the former NBA star put this interesting look together for that year’s VMAs.
While the top is actually pretty cute, we’re more concerned with what’s going on down below. Why was the top of his jeans made out of seersucker fabric? And what was with the belly chain? Either way, we’re happy Dennis got to explore his unique identity through fashion.