Top 5 Most Embarrassing Wardrobe Malfunctions

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Celebrities have to be creative to get attention. While the camera’s eye is trained on them every time they step outside, it’s only the most daring designer fashions that get clicked. Sometimes the camera catches beauty and grace, but the photos that really make headlines are those that capture wardrobe snafus. The top five most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions include mostly boobs—and questionable intentions.

5 Sophie Marceau

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Bond girl Sophie Marceau is classy, elegant and usually pretty unflappable. But in 2005, her dress made any attempt at calm sophistication impossible. She strolled the red carpet at the premiere of “Where the Truth Lies” during the Cannes International Film Festival, and down came the strap of her dress, exposing way more than she had planned. Upon reflection, it’s staggering how many celebrity dresses seem to fall apart in public. A conspiracy by designers to get their dresses photographed? Scandalous.

4 Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj isn’t known for being shy, but when she exposed her nipple on the stage while performing on “Good Morning America” in 2011, everyone choked on their morning coffee. There were rumors that the wardrobe malfunction was staged, but Minaj denies these claims. She would “never, ever” do such a thing on purpose. Maybe she’s telling the truth, maybe not. If she is, she should consider wearing clothing that isn’t four sizes too small, so the odds of a nip-slip are reduced to almost nothing.

3 Tara Reid

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Tara Reid attended P. Diddy’s 35th birthday bash in 2004. The event was predictably full of paparazzi flashing pictures of the A-list celebrity guests. It was quite swanky—until Reid showed up and flashed a boob to everyone. As she stood posing for pictures, the dress just opened up, the strap slid off her shoulder, and there it was. Reid later commented that the public unfairly reacted as if she’d committed a crime. Well, public nudity is illegal in some states. Just saying.

2 Janet Jackson

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Who can forget the nipple that was seen around the world—again and again and again. Intentional or not, Janet Jackson can’t live down this wardrobe malfunction. At the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show in 2004, Jackson gave the live audience more show than they bargained for when part of her costume fell off in Justin Timberlake’s hand, exposing her right breast. What’s a little boob, you ask? Well the Federal Communications Commission took CBS to court over the malfunction, seeking nearly $600,000 in fines. The fines were appealed and ultimately dropped.

1 Britney Spears

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It’s pretty tough to top having the entire world see your lady bits, and that’s why Britney Spears tops the list of most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. In November 2006, Spears went through a club-hopping phase, and apparently an anti-pantie phase as well. One night, while out with veteran flashers Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, Spears exited a car and showed far more than the world ever needed to see. Perhaps if she’d worn underwear, she might have avoided such an intense level of embarrassment.

Renee Miller began writing professionally in 2008, contributing to websites and local newspapers. She is co-founder of On Fiction Writing, a website for writers, and she's published a couple of novels. She views humor and sarcasm like she does bacon and chocolate: there's no such thing as too much.

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