ELLE Women in Music Red Carpet

Posted on April 13, 2012

Hey kids! It’s the Third Annual ELLE Women In Music Event at Avalon in Hollywood, California! Let’s judge!


Amy Heidemann

On the one hand, we kind of love her for striking a confident pose rather than the standard “I’m just a girl. A girl who has to pee” pose that most starlets are forced into. On the other hand, that may be a bridge (or in this case, a leg) too far. Don’t love the shape or color of that dress. It’s belted too high. Hair’s kind of fun, though.

Ellie Goulding

 Rocker chick chic.


Jessie J

We’re on record as not loving that hem length, but we’ve been known to be persuaded. What we can not ever be persuaded on is pairing booties with that hem length. Everything else looks pretty good.


Leah LaBelle

Sassy rocker chick chic. Love the shoes.


Melody Thornton

Tacky-ass mess. Your nipples aren’t as fascinating as you think, honey. And you kind of look like you have a skin disease.


Nicole Fiorentino

Was there a blue shoe memo? Cute look, though.


Nicole Scherzinger

Just plain old chic.

Oh Land

Either the Big Bird jacket OR the yellow pantsuit, sweetie. Never both. And your work boots aren’t helping.


Willa Ford


Also, this dress looks cheap, the color’s kind of ugly, and the we’re not crazy about the shoes. But aside from that…


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • rawrgrowlrawr

    I haven’t heard of any of these ladies and I hate everything but the first dress (but only because I want it for myself). 

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I have heard of a few… Willa Ford and Melody Thornton, in the 90s. Seriously, why were some of these people invited?

      • rawrgrowlrawr

        And judging by their outfits, they should have been uninvited. Yikes.

      • Emily Guillory

         Didn’t Willa Ford used to be blonde?  and was on some reality show…?

    • Mexxoo

      Nicole Sherzinger is the lead Pussycat Doll and was one of the judges on X-Factor – not that the info helps…

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        She is the ONLY one I’ve ever heard of.  God, do I feel old!

    • Libby Rhoman

      I hadn’t heard of any of them either- except for the first lady who I saw on SNL (and only remember because she was embarrassingly bad).  And then I recognized Nicole Sherzinger from the new Lee Press-On Nails ads.  I can’t believe they’re trying to make those happen again!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Obviously Ms Thornton thought she was attending the Elle Women In Adult Video event

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I suppose you could look at her choice of dress as being extremely body confident, or as an in your face LOOK AT MY BOOBS!!!

  • joe_tey83

    WHY, Melody Thornton, WHY?!

    (Shouldn’t this post be NSFW?)

    • MK03

      Do you think she doesn’t know her headlights are on? She kinda looks like she doesn’t know. That’s the only excuse.

      • Mexxoo

        I’m sure she knows.  I’m sure she saw it on the runway and thought, “OMG, it’s on the runway, so it must be okay to wear it on the red carpet!  I must have it!”

        • Rand Ortega

           Or, “The record producers/executives CAN’T ignore me now!”

  • Anathema_Device

    Agree on all your assessments.  Those yellow pants on Oh Land (is that her name, really?) would have been so fun paired with other items. All that yellow is overkill. And Thorton!!! WTF? I hesitate to comment on her outfit because it reeks of attention whore-dom and I don’t want to feed that apparently bottomless vortex. But seriously? Completely sheer and matching your skin tone?

    • sweetestsith

       Maybe she’s angling to be the new Land o’Lakes girl? Thats all I can think of with that name & all the yellow…

    • kimmeister

      I nearly exclaimed, “Oh Lawd!” when I saw Oh Land’s outfit, then I saw that that’s practically her name.  Ha.

      • Anathema_Device

         I thought about that idiot in “Office Space” who talked about getting a girl to show him her “O face.” I can hear him saying he wants to take a girl to “O Land.”

    • mellbell

      Oh Land is a play on her middle name, Øland (she’s Danish), so it’s basically her name. She’s normally a better dresser than this, too. In fact, I got into her music — which is pretty excellent — because last year T Lo ran a picture of her with Robyn and I thought, “Who’s that and what strange/beautiful thing is she wearing?”

  • leah besson

    holy nipples.  all the rest of them look amazing in comparison.

    • mountainFashionista

      She just leapt right over “suggestive” or even “slutty” and went straight for “These are my tits.”   I actually have to give her props for embracing the idea 100%. 

      •  It’s sad that the OTHER Pussycat Doll actually looks really good. This girl has no excuses.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I will forever love whatever Amy Heidemann does, even if it’s against my better judgement.

  • Amy:  I’d be diggin’ on it totally in another color, say RED?!
    Jessie:  Either the bangs, OR the light year wide smile. Pick one. Otherwise, your mouth looks big enough to consume the known universe in one go.
    Melody: I agree with TLo. Honey, get that horrible case of impetago away from all of us.  Are you contagious?
    Oh: No, Oh. Just, NO.
    Willa:  At least, gurl, if you’re gonna wear a double slitted thing, (which is majorly tacky, but that has been addressed already) make sure it isn’t so tight across your hips that the slits gap wide open, clear up to your lady zone.

    For the win?
    I’m loving on Nicole Fiorentino’s look.  Sassy, fun, and totally appropriate for the event.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I have heard of a few… Willa Ford and Melody Thornton, in the 90s. Seriously, why were some of these people invited?

    EDIT: Uhhh… this was meant to be a response. Sorry for the double posting!

  • I’d love Amy’s on my 5 year old relative.Oh Land and Melody Thornton’s cracked me up. A nude bra might have made it slightly better.

  • Ennovi_R

     Ummm ok did not expect to see that…. warning would have been nice.
    @ work

  • Whever

    Is it just me, or does Oh Land look rather astonishingly like January Jones? Maybe she could pop up on Mad Men as Betty’s stark raving mod sister, here to make Betty depressed and jealous…. oh, wait. That’d be redundant.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m rather hoping that Chloe Sevigny will see Oh Land’s outfit and borrow it so that we can look forward to another inspired alter post from TLo. I know, I’m just bad that way….

  • Joseph Davidson

    Could someone please explain Jessie J to me?  Why does she exist (in the musical realm at least)?

    Also, I don’t know why, but I get serious Cindy Lauper vibes from Ellie Goulding.  Which is a good thing.

    • MilaXX

      Jessie exist because she was a hut maker song writer and decided to record a solo CD.

      •  And she has legs for daaaaaaaaaaaaaaays

    • Onymous

       Jessie J exists because Lily Allen quit.

  • Terence Ng

    It’s like Oh Land fell straight out of the 90’s.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Someone’s name is Oh Land?

    Oh, Brother.

    I gasped when I scrolled to Melody Thornton, whom I don’t know, but whose head looks photoshopped onto her body – and that, of course, is the only reason I gasped.  Uh huh.

  • Rand Ortega

    What’s that smell? I know! It’s the stink of desperation from Melody Thornton. Seriously, honey. When you have to show any other talents besides your musical 1’s (I’m being generous), it’s time to throw in the towel. Or, in your case, the dress.

  • Judy_J

    I don’t know who Melody Thornton is, but I can say that she has definite taste issues.  How on earth could she go out in public in that get-up?  And yes, it does look like she has a serious skin problem.

    • “Taste issues” = understatement. More like compulsive exhibitionism issues. 

  • gdougs

    Good God, Melody Thornton. I would honestly just feel uncomfortable standing their like that. Not a cute look. Love Ellie Goulding and Nicole Scherzinger, though.

  • I think there was a blue shoe memo actually. When I got off the train this morning I saw 3 pairs of blue shoes on women just walking up the stairs in the station. It’s clearly A Thing. But I didn’t get the memo either.

  • Re: Melody Thornton. How the hell do you talk to someone dressed like that? “Oh, hi, hello, that dress really accentuates your nipples?”

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I was wondering how anyone who sat next to Melody would feel.  It must be awkward, even in entertainment circles, to be confronted so directly with your neighbor’s nipples.

      • Little_Olive

        Especially considering the A/C at those venues must be on full blast.

  • Isy

    Oh Land is her stage name, guys, and a take on her Danish name, Oland. There are sillier names out there.

    That said, she looks damn silly. But Melody certainly takes the cake… seriously?

  • Leah Labelle has a career? Who knew?

  • Kayceed

    This would have been the perfect event for the “Angie’s left leg” pose. Amy and Ellie are almost there…

  • another_laura

    It’s Blue Suede Shoes for the ’10s.  I love them, personally.

  • Melody Thornton wow… Who thought that was a good idea? Why bother with a dress at all? 

    Not much to like here, but somehow I actually like Jessie J the best. Don’t mind the hem length or the booties. 

  • alyce1213

    Amy Heidemann’s pose is ‘girl who’s taking a pee.’
    Withe the singular exception of Nicole Scherzinger, this is the tackiest collection of ho’s I’ve seen in a long, long time.
    Melody Thornton — why even bother wearing a dress?

  • guest2visits

    Eew. I have nothing else to say about: Amy, Melody and Oh Land.
    A couple are wearing Rihanna’s closet: Jessie and Leah. Willa’s too if only it were shorter and tighter.
    Only Ellie and Nicole are looking good.  Sorry, Nicole F.; that’s an odd outfit.

  • You can’t tell in the photo, but Amy Heidemann’s bottom half is actually shorts.  She wore the same outfit when her group, Karmin, performed on Ellen yesterday.  Love Ellie Goulding’s look.

  • crash1212

    Melody Thornton, you are an embarrassment to all women – whether in music, or not. Somebody get a blanket, toss it over her and sneak her out the back. GAH.

  • kimmeister

    Amy looks like a large snail is crawling on her head.

  • I don’t know who that Melody person is, but I think we should all take up a collection and buy her a floor length mirror.  With lights.

  • Beth G

    Um… who are these people?

  • girliecue

    There was a time when Melody Thornton would have been arrested for indecent exposure. I’m not shocked or outraged by her nipplage, but I do think she should be arrested and convicted for incredibly poor taste and judgment.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Word.  Melody’s dress certainly ranks as a fashion crime, but can we consider her to be victim and perp simultaneously?

    • Little_Olive

      I thought the same thing. If she’d had to go onstage they would’ve had to blur that, right?
      *That* is the definition of wardrobe malfunction. 

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Love Nicole Fiorentino’s jacket (who?) but she looks like an art director who headed downtown after work for drinks.

  • Does Melody Thornton even realize that she’s, in fact, nude? I mean, really, is there any way that she looked in a mirror and thought, “Good! Everyone can see everything!” Is there? IS THERE??

    • I saw her last night in a video on TMZ in that dress I think some time after the event. She had to know that was going to happen because I can’t imagine no one else saw it or clued her in.

  • MilaXX

    Who let Melody Thorton in wearing just her underwear? Oh Land and her Big bird look is just all kinds of hiddy and why is Willa Ford is still trying to be a thing?

  • marilyn

    I can’t believe Amy is copying Katy Perry’s ‘style’.  However, I don’t like it on Katy, and Amy is too old in the face to wear it.  Katy is too, but her face looks better. Someone needs to tell Melodie that she needs pasties on her boobage, or she offends certain laws.  

  • drdirection

    ohmygod, what did I just look at?  1) who the hell are they?  B) That Melody Nipple woman is a complete joke.

  • sockandaphone

    hey avalon, thats a nice club! /cool story me

    and tlo, im surprised you didnt say a thing about jessie j’s hair because….wow what a tragedy

  • WTF? Her NIPPLES ARE SHOWING?!?! When was that ever considered tasteful?

  • CatherineRhodes

    They all look dreadful.

  • nannypoo

    Sorry, boys. Amy Heidemann’s hair is anything but fun. It’s ugliness, however, pales in comparison with the rest of the crap on this red carpet.

  • dya2637

    Amy Heidemann: do not stick a Hot Cross Bun on your head next time you want to look a little off beat and different.
    Jessie J: Girl you in danger cause Sharon Needles is coming for you for stealing her look. 

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Scherzingstress for the win. I like Fiorentino’s look in theory, but it just seems off here. Jessie J is most improved, I see.

    Bottom 3 is pretty obvious: Oh Land, Willa Ford, and Melody Thornton, and maybe even in that order.

  • snarkykitten

    who are these people…?

  • quiltrx

    Pretty much everyone looks like crap to me in this one.  Nicole 2’s dress is decent, and i like Nicole 1’s jacket.  That’s it.

  • ccm800

    those aren’t indecent exposure when away from a runway?   Put your damn tits away.

  • Oh Land gave me a serious 90s flashback. Good lord.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    1) who the fuck are these people.  2) who told that woman to just go naked to an awards show?  what a tacky ho.

  • Linderella

    When Nicole Scherzinger represents the height of taste and chic, you know you are at one fucked-up event.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Ya, know, I kinda think the blue shoes are to go with the blue Ford logo on the ugly background. And it sort of works.

    • I remember a GQ awards thing with black/silver/gold background, and 75% of the people (at least the ones TLo covered) wore at least two of those colors.

  • Scarlet39

    I love a pop of color, but blue seems to be the go to color that celebs/stylists have been choosing, and it’s starting to look kind of stale.   How great would a yellow shoe have looked with Nicole Fiorentino’s outfit? 

  • Candigirl1968

    The boob dress is really disturbing. 

    I don’t think I’ve seen Nicole S look prettier.

  • DesertDweller79

    There have to be better women in music than this, right?

    • Stefanos Mantyla

       There most certainly are! Not in this country, though.


    Don’t give some of these ladies that they’re “nobodies”; everyone here that’s asking about them is really beacuse they’re not into 2011/2012 alternative pop music, which is absolutely more cutting-edge than Rihanna or Katy Perry, etc. 

    Oh Land and Ellie Goulding absolutely stamped trends in music last year (check out Oh Land’s “Son of a Gun” and Ellie’s “Lights), and they were in tons of festivals across Europe and the US. 
    I ADORE them both (Though Oh Land, that is NOT something you should be wearing).
    Musically AND styllistically, i’m ok with Jessie J and Amy Hiedemann (both of who also started getting lots of music press coverage in 2011).

    I totally aplaud ELLE for inviting up and coming female musicians! And not your regular, non-songwriter, artificially created, Katys and Rihannas.

  • Ellie is wearing those SHOES I HATE. But I hate them less on her. They seem to work with pants. Well done.

  • ThatPeterG

    Who the Hell are these people??

  • FlamingJune1967

    Ms. Thorton’s outfit is like a modern retelling of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”   She’s acting as if she is wearing the finest gown and everyone else is just laughing because she is actually naked 🙂

    Of course, as my moniker indicates, I’m not against a little unintentional nipplage LOL!

  • I haven’t heard of most of these people, and Thorton’s dress is simply vulgar. The remarks on the two slits dress cracked me up. RAAAAH!

  • LambeeBaby

    I think Melody Thornton was trying to distract from her pumpkin sized head. Amy Heidemann is doing Snookie (dear God help us) or Snookie is doing Amy Heidemann.

  • cam_lo

    What happened to willa ford’s face? She looks…distorted.

  • RichStrathmann

    Hey Oh Land, Lady Miss Kier from Deee-Lite called, she wants her look back.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Oh my GOODNESS!

  •  There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power.

  • PeaceBang

    I have no idea who any of these women are, but that nekkid Melody Thornton person also needs to be taken to task for her super tacky skunk stripe hair. Miss Nicole Fiorentino is serving up some serious 1985 Cyndi Lauper realness.