Nicki Minaj’s VMAs outfits typically test the limits to which fabric can be stretched, and her 2012 Versace black lace bodysuit was no different. Rocking neon yellow hair, Nicki debuted this slinky lace bodysuit with the outline of a corset embroidered into it in neon red sequins.
Nicki topped her jeweled and figure-hugging jumpsuit with an oversized captain hat. Though it was surprisingly conservative (for Nicki!), her superfans (aka Barbz) loved this subtle and interestingly constructed outfit. With so much confidence and talent, it seems that Nicki can shine on the red carpet wearing just about anything!
MC Hammer, 1990
The 1980s and early ‘90s had some very questionable fashion moments, and one of the decade’s most regrettable trends has to have been harem pants — a style popularized by rapper and dancer MC Hammer. For the 1990 VMAs, the iconic rapper matched his metallic harem pants with a jacket missing significant chunks of fabric.
Though it seemed that the rapper thought “It’s All Good,” despite missing significant amounts of fabric, fashion critics thought otherwise! Looking back, how did this look ever catch on?
Britney Spears, 2002
From pop princess to leather diva, Britney Spears decided to shed her innocent image with this leather outfit complete with a matching hat. Though her tiny studded dress, gloves, and lace-up heels wouldn’t get a second look today, decades ago, this look was considered quite edgy — especially for Britney Spears.
While her bold look was controversial, the real focus was on her interaction with the late pop icon Michael Jackson. After calling him the “artist of the millennium,” the king of pop was confused by Spears’s praise and thought it was an award — awkward!
Joanie Laurer “Chyna”, 2000
As a former professional wrestler, Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, has worn her fair share of ridiculous costumes. Outside of the ring, you would imagine that she would have wanted to wear something couture rather than a costume, but you would be wrong.
For the 2000 VMAs, the late wrestler wore a red, white, and blue leather jumpsuit that looked like something she would have worn in a wrestling match. While we’re sure the fashion critics didn’t love her patriotic pleather costume, it was part of her signature look.
At first glance, this may look like just your run-of-the-mill VMA outfit with cool shades to match. However, on closer inspection, you'll discover that...yes, that is a snake wrapped around H.E.R.'s neck!
It's possible that the musician wanted to pay homage to the iconic snake moment that Brittney Spears created in her performance of "Slave 4 U" way back at the 2001 VMAs. On the other hand, it's more likely that H.E.R. has a penchant for potentially "Toxic" accessories.