Most Iconic VMA Moments: Nicki Minaj Goes Full-On Harajuku Barbie in 2011

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Welcome back to Celebuzz's Most Iconic VMA Moments showdown. In anticipation of of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA fashion moment ever. Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA performance. (Britney Spears' 2001 performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U" won in that category.) This week, it's all about the clothing (or lack thereof). Return each day this week for a new feature on each of our competing fashion statements. You may vote once per hour.

Is Nicki Minaj's Harajuku Barbie outfit the most iconic VMA fashion moment ever? Vote below, and read on for a head-to-toe examination of Nicki's infamous get-up.

 Nicki Minaj Upstages Lady Gaga, Wears an Outfit Made of *Everything* to the 2011 VMAs

In 2011 — one year after the meat dressLady Gaga was the favorite to make the biggest "WTF" red carpet splash (again). And she did, in her way. Though for her, Jo Calderone is relatively toned down. Plus, we'd already seen "Jo" before, so ultimately, it wasn't that shocking. So who was truly the most outrageous star of the night? Why, we'd have to say that the honor belongs to Nicki Minaj, who showed up wearing... well, everything but the kitchen sink. (Though the kitchen sink may, in fact,  be there, hidden under layers of cotton, tulle, and metal.) To fully appreciate Nicki's outrageous get-up, let us take a head-to-toe look at the ensemble. Let's start with the braided cotton candy hair:

Moving down, we see Nicki has opted for the oh-so-in "surgical mask look." (Or the "Scorpion look," if you prefer.)

As we continue down, you will note that Nicki is wearing a chain around her neck and that the chain has a rather large ice cream cone attached to it. The structured bodice of her outfit appears to be made of metal, which comes together in pyramidal formations over her breasts. A reference to Madonna? Who can say, really?

Now, things get even tricker, if you can believe it, as we approach the lower half of the outfit. There appears to be some kind of tutu, several layers of tights, a garter. Nicki also plumped for socks, rather than for the über-traditional shoes that most people wear when leaving the house. Of course, we can't forget that, chained somewhere to her outfit, is some kind of Harajuku mace thing made of stuffed animals and the anxious nightmares of children around the world.

For good measure, here is the outfit in all of its glory. Love it or hate it, it happened, and you remember it. Don't pretend like you've forgotten. And wasn't that the point?

Don't forget to cast your vote for the most iconic VMA outfit above. Again, you may vote once per hour. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the outfits in our poll.

Read our feature on Lil' Kim's iconic purple pasty outfit from 1999.

Read our feature on Lady Gaga's iconic meat dress from 2010.

Read our feature on Britney Spears' iconic dominatrix get-up from 2002.

 

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