Bella Poarch is a popular social media star and singer. In 2021 she went all out with this gothic meets glam ensemble. The TikTok star wore a sheer black jumpsuit with ruffled flared pants and a matching black shimmering cape to that year’s VMAs.
Bella finished her look with a long dramatic train that even required special assistance on the red carpet! Though the awards ceremony took place in September, this outfit gives us Halloween vibes of the best kind — especially when we zoom into her amazing nail art featuring black and white snakes.
PJ Harvey, 1995
English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey was known to use fashion as a way to make a statement, and there’s no better example of that than the look she wore to the 1995 MTV VMAs. Wearing bright light blue eyeshadow, clownish red lipstick, and over-the-top false eyelashes, PJ’s outlandish outfit is easily one of the event’s most memorable.
The often-provocative singer actually justified her makeup look by saying that she found the garish makeup look “extremely beautiful.” We would like to politely disagree.
We need someone to explain why, in the early-2000s, we insisted on wearing clothes that looked like they had already been destroyed. This “shipwrecked” trend resulted in outfits consisting of slivers of fabric hanging on for dear life as Ashanti’s “dress” shows.
Held together with just some shimmering ropes, the small pieces of pink fabric had no chance of staying in place if there was a strong gust of wind. That said, most of us wore similar dresses. Let's not kid ourselves; this was the prom dress of our early-2000s dreams!
Missy Elliott, 2003
Missy Elliott may be one of the most talented artists in music, but even she couldn’t manage to “Work It” with this awful golf-inspired getup. Adidas tracksuits are already on most stylists’ no-no lists, so the fact that Missy chose to wear one in lime green and plaid probably enraged fashion critics even more.
In case the outfit couldn’t get worse, she topped it with this plaid hat and a huge yellow pom-pom. Why, Missy? Let’s hope she sent this terrible outfit to the big golf course in the sky!
Lil’ Kim, 2000
As the unofficial queen of outrageous outfits at the VMAs, Lil’ Kim did not disappoint with the plastic red outfit she wore to the 2000 awards show. Wearing a bustier romper made out of red transparent plastic, the “Lighters Up” rapper topped off her look with a matching bright red plastic jacket.
With all of those straps, studs, and sharp plastic edges, we just can’t imagine how uncomfortable this outfit must have been. On the bright side, with that PVC jacket, she was probably ready for any sort of rainy weather!