Most Iconic VMA Moments: Nicki Minaj Goes Full-On Harajuku Barbie in 2011
Does Lil' Kim, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, or Rose McGowan have the most memorable VMA fashion moment?
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 VMAsIn 2011 — one year after the meat dress — Lady 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?
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