2012 BET Awards Red Carpet

Posted on July 02, 2012



Angela Bassett

This is perfectly suited for a women’s luncheon kind of event but decidedly underwhelming for a red carpet. Oh Miss Angie. We know you can bring the fierce. Do so next time.


Brianna Perry

 Well, you can’t fault her for fit or for being a wallflower. We dig those shoes, but not with this dress.


Dawn Richard

 We would’ve been fine with this dress if it didn’t have that peek-a-cooch panel.


Elle Varner

 If this dress had a different (lower) neckline, we’d love it on her.


Erica Hubbard

 Boring. Shoes too damn heavy.


Joyful Drake

 Acceptable. Raise that hem and put on a pair of hot pink shoes and she’d really have something.


Kenya Moore

Too satiny. And no one over the age of 5 should pair hot pink with neon yellow.


Kerry Washington

What the hell, Kerry Washington? Look, we get it that sometimes a lady isn’t feeling so fresh and the very last thing she wants to do is strap on some heels and slap on some warpaint, but honey, if you’re going out to be photographed, you’ve gotta do better than this. Utterly washed out and underdone. And the pieces do nothing for her figure.


Kyla Pratt

 Don’t like where the hem hits, but it’s a sharp dress otherwise.


Lala Anthony

 Good LORD, girl. You look like two grapes balancing on toothpicks. Don’t you have a mirror?


LeToya Luckett




 Very pretty. Bad choice of clutch, though.


Lola Monroe

 The dress is fine, if a little too tight across her midsection. It’s the bejeweled thong on her head that has us puzzled.


MC Lyte

We like the basic shape and idea behind it, but it needed something to dress it up. That cami she’s sporting is a little casual. If it had been shiny or glittery, this whole look could’ve worked for the RC. Also: some showier, more formal jewelry.



 Her accessories look like they can really fuck you up.


Michelle Williams

 Does nothing for her.


Monica Denise Brown

 Everything’s just a bit too tight, but it’s a cute idea.


Nadine Ellis

 Pretty dress. An up ‘do would’ve really taken this somewhere.


Porscha Coleman

Thank GAWD. SOMEONE knows how to bring the cray cray in this crowd.


Regina King

 Sweetie, you can drape them and add all kinds of layering to them, but they’re still a pair of pants. Shit or get off the pot. Pants designed to look like skirts rarely ever work.

Besides, the top and bottom don’t really go together in a color sense.


Tamar Braxton

 Enh. The shoes clash.



 If it fit her bust a little better (instead of making it look gigantic), this would work.


Taraji P. Henson

 It’s a gorgeous dress and the color looks fabulous on her, but it’s just a bit too tight and proportionally speaking, it could use another inch on the hem. The shoes are KILLA but the matchy toenails make us cringe.


Tatyana Ali

Not crazy-in-love with the peplum and the shoes are a bad choice. A striking dress otherwise, though.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Sobaika

    I read ‘Tamar Braxton’ as Toni Braxton and was ready to throttle her plastic surgeon.

    • MilaXX

       nope, it’s her younger, attention seeking hot mess of a little sister.

      • AuntieAnonny

         Dot com.

        • Introspective

          i cant with that .com shit she’s always hollering about. which makes your addition to the conversation comedic gold.

          • I expect to see wild and kinda crazy, and boy did some of these folks bring the crazy...DailyFindJobPosition1.notlong.com

          • Truth! Horrible outfits, every single one of them!..FoxGetPositionWork.blogspot.com

        • SpillinTea

           Thank you for being the one to say it 🙂

    • lovelyivy

      Me too. Sadly Toni Braxton appears to be nipping and tucking too- so unnecessary!

  • LaLa,  honey.  Those LaLas of yours don’t need any help to be prominent.  Dial it back a skosh next time.

    • TieDye64

      Glittery water balloons. 

  • This is one of the ugliest red carpets I’ve ever seen

    • Friedl Vanluchene

      Truth! Horrible outfits, every single one of them! 

    • PinkLemon

       yes. tacky as fuh.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I love how the serious, successful actresses completely underdressed for the RC (Kerry, Angela & Regina). Although they were not really pulling it off, it’s as if they collectively thought it’s better to be boring than accused of trying too hard. Taraji almost got it right and even with the flaws that TLo so astutely pointed out, did achieve a good balance of glitz, sexiness and elegance.

  • Dear Lola Monroe: Your hair should not end in a giant tube/worm.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I love that this girl is wearing a dress that showcases her thighs of thunder!  I suffer from the same affliction and usually don’t wear things that tighten at the knee, but she says fuck it all, these are my THIGHS OF THUNDER!!  Brave woman.  OTOH, maybe the thong on her head has something to do with her power…

  • DinaSews

    Those matching cuffs on LeToya make me think of the Genie in ‘Aladdin’.

    • BerlinerNYC

      They make me think of Wonder Woman. Could come in handy for deflecting any shade thrown her way. LeToya is one of Destiny’s former Children, and Michelle Williams was on the same red carpet. That has got to be awkward, right?

  • lovelyivy

    Tatyana Ali looks sooooo much less attractive than she actually is here. The dress does not flatter, the hair does not flatter, the shoes and accessories are terrible, and the makeup looks like it melted off. Winner for me WOULD be Regina King if the pants and top matched based on her trying something different, but the colors really don’t do well together here. Thus I will give the win to Nadine Ellis or Joyful Drake. Not that I know who either one of them are.

  • janetjb

    I’d be afraid of Melanie’s shoes if I were standing anywhere near her.

    Nadine looks nearly perfect, the fabric really makes something out of what could be a plain strapless dress. 

  • imspinningaround

    Just because they’re Louboutin Daffodiles doesn’t mean they have magic powers, Tamar Braxton.

  • understateddiva

    Regina King’s look thanks you for being a friend.

  • “two grapes balancing on toothpicks.” I laughed so hard my glasses fell right off my face.

    • I feel you. I was moments away from spraying my laptop with my morning coffee.

  • Eva_baby

    I think Kyla Pratt had the sharpest look.  The dress when she moved was just lovely.  It has a great flow.

    Too bad you didn’t show the back of Monica’s outfit.  Because if you did you would have noticed that she was serving up some Effie Trinkett style realness there.   There were…as Jezebel put it…Flying Buttresses.

  • another_laura

    What the heck with this carpet?  Not one of them looks really smashing so I’m going with Porscha Colman and her craziness for the win.

    • Susan Collier

      I had to look her up. I wasn’t sure if she was a little person. Apparently she’s 5′ 3″.

  • Griffinqueen

    Is it just the angle or is Michelle Williams getting “scary skinny”? Somebody get that girl a sammich!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I have to admit, I did wonder whether she’s had some ribs removed.

      • Griffinqueen

         And the arms! She’s heading into Angelina Jolie territory…I just hear dry, brittle, cracking sounds when she walks

    • lovelyivy

       She always has been- I think she’s just naturally skinny. That said, she could definitely do with some moisturizer or a glass of water or something. Homegirl looks DRY.

    • NC_Meg

      I was wondering if she’s always been that thin and I just never noticed or if this a new development. That is one teeny, tiny waist.

    • sweetestsith

       Far be it from me to make a fuss about weight commentary, everybody does it, but “feed so-and-so a sandwich” is *not* appropriate. It’s something naturally small women hear constantly, and its every bit as hurtful as fat cow comments directed at larger women. It’s even worse when directed at someone with an eating disorder – a sandwich won’t fix anything and the phrase is extremely dismissive of the actual problem.

      Sorry for the soapboxing, but I just can’t let this pet peeve go.

  • susan6

    Michelle Williams looks scary-thin.  

    • Like, I want to say something, but I’m afraid to because I really don’t know if she’s sick. That’s not “let’s share a salad and a diet coke” thin, that’s “in treatment” thin.  

      • I noticed too. This isn’t ‘naturally slim,’ it’s ‘concentration camp survivor.’ Girl, eat something.

  • BazoDee

    There i a whole lot of hot mess going on on this red carpet. No one wows. Sad. 

  • MilaXX

    Angela Bassett – Yeah should could have come a bit more fierce, but I appreciate a woman who dresses her age.Brianna Perry – I like this. It fits the event.
    Dawn Richard – Wrong bra and the sheer vagina panel make this hiddy.
    Elle Varner – Her weave is busted and the dress is aging. IIRC this young lady is under 25. A little skin wouldn’t hurt.
    Erica Hubbard – Bland
    Joyful Drake – Hem could be an inch or two shorter, but otherwise cute.
    Kenya Moore – Hate the entire look. Did someone say yellow satin was IN?
    Kerry Washington – This was bad. The hair is all wrong, the bustier is nearly the same color as her skin and nothing fits right. Additionally she looks a little thin to me. Kerry has never been that big,but she looks as if she lost a few pounds she really didn’t have to spare. I hope she didn’t lose weight because she has the occasional bedroom scene on her new show.
    Kyla Pratt – Fug. Yet another 25(6?) year old dressing like she’s 40.
    Lala Anthony – She usually dresses better than this. Why could she not see the proportions on this were all wrong for her?
    LeToya Luckett – Pretty. I saw online a picture of her walking with Michelle Williams and I swear it looks like she is giving Michelle some serious side eye.
    Lira – I like the look, but I think the bag would go better with jeans than a gown.
    Lola Monroe – Hate the headband, dress needs to go up a size.
    MC Lyte – Someone needs to show her how to pose on the RC.
    Melanie Fiona – Those shoes look like lethal weapons

    Michelle Williams – Bland
    Monica – Jacket is a little tight, but I can forgive her because she was terrific in the tribute to Whitney. If she & Brandy go on tour I may have to buy a ticket.
    Nadine Ellis – It’s a little daytime Emmy’s but pretty
    Porscha Coleman – Wow! That’s a lotta look
    Regina King – Oh girl, no. This is not the look for you.
    Tamar Braxton – She needs to sit down.
    Tamia – eh, it’s okay
    Taraji P. Henson – great color, but she needs to go up a size.Tatyana Ali – Ugly dress, wrong shoes, boring hair & makeup.

    • lovelyivy

      Why is it that most of the people who are legitimately famous appear to have completely under-dressed for this (Kerry, Angela, MC Lyte, Michelle Williams) while the unknowns are in full gowns? It’s all back-assward on this RC.

      ETA: Actually I have plenty of theories, but it would get very Af-Am studies up in here if I started.

      • MilaXX

         I’d say it has a lot to do with the younger generation”s idea of what glamor is. With the exception of Michelle. the rest of these ladies know better.

        • lovelyivy

          I think it’s all about class distinctions- growing up in NYC it seemed like with a large subsection of poor people of color (not everyone, especially in West Indian/African/immigrant communities where you may be saving up and sending money home) the poorer you were, the less you wanted to it to show, and the flashier you ended up dressing (hood-rich: you live in the projects, but you have Gucci glasses. You don’t own a car, but you have the NEWEST Jordans 2 seconds after they hit the street).

          A lot of people felt like there was no hope and no way to move up, so why not spend their money on clothes- at least you can look fly. People who had more felt like there was less of a need to put it all out there come Sunday. I have a suspicion that the class breakdowns have a lot to do with how this red carpet ended up- the newer and less established folks are flashy as hell because that’s all they’ve got.

          • MilaXX

            True but you also see it with the CW & up and coming starlets. They often go out of their way to dress sexy and end up looking skanky or crazy on the RC.

          • lovelyivy

            That’s true. I guess the answer really is ‘it’s complicated’.

  • Knightley

    There’s always been something very elegant about Regina King.  Granted, she’s not wearing the most flattering outfit there, but overall, she looks great.

  • Where’s Madea?

    • julnyes

      Madea is a fictional character.

    • another_laura

      Sadly, Madea would have fit right in.

  • AudreysMom

    personally I’m not nuts about any of these looks but I can’t help thinking that the next season of contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race are taking notes.

  • “Peek-a-cooch panel” is the best thing I’ve read all day!

    • schadenfreudelicious

      it’s being worked into my lexicon immediately! 

      • TonyGo

         The “Peek-a-cooch” Pokemon action figure tested very poorly with focus groups comprised of boys 4 to 6 years old. 

        • formerlyAnon

           Really, that’s not a “like” up there. It’s  “LOVE.”

  • Oh, no! Kerry Washington forgot her dress at home!

    • kingderella

      my thoughts exactly!
      also, that hair is weirding me out.

    • lonepear

      Exactly. It looks like she was almost dressed but the fire alarm went off before she could find her top…

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Basically, this should not have been a daylight RC. All the stylists got confused, so instead of serious diva-bringing, we have a whole lotta formal luncheon and bridesmaids looks.

  • Lori

    What is up with Porscha Coleman? She looks like the time machine brought her straight from the video shoot for the cover version of Lady Marmalade.

  • unbornfawn

    Are all the stylists on vacation? These girls desperately need someone to say, “honey, NO.”

  • Brianna Perry has the body I wish I had. She’s magnificent! 

  • kingderella

    a whole lotta crazy (anthony, coleman, fiona) and ugly (richard, washington, williams, king, braxton, tamia) going on here.

    i like perrys ‘dipped in quicksilver’ look, and varners bold print. pratt and lira are both a little shapeless, but chic. mc lyte is maybe a little casual, but shes looking really sharp.

  • Hiptobesquare

    All right, class. The following ladies are excused:  Ms. Bassett, Ms. Drake, Ms. Pratt, Ms. Luckett, Miss Lira, Ms. Ellis.  Ms. King, didn’t you teach this class at one point?  Very disappointing, but you’re excused too.
    The rest of you, please open your How to Dress Up Without Looking Like a Complete Skank textbooks to the chapter titled “Fan Bing Bing.”

    Any questions?

  • alyce1213

    Eeeuw.  To me, Dawn Richard’s dress looks like a used condom, with or without the peekaboo panel.  It’s dreadful.

    • Introspective

      a most caustic and spot on assessment of a dress that is appropriate for no event ever in life…

  • C

    That is not Melanie Fiona, it’s Shanel

  • LeToya’s wearing Christian Siriano!

  • afabulous50

    Dear Lord – do ANY of them employ a stylist???  Two grapes on toothpicks – I burst out laughing at that description!!

  • RoxieRider

    I *almost* love so many of these outfits. Lots of detail problem–gigantic details, gigantic problems–but the basic idea behind almost all of these looks is interesting and fun and refreshing. If everything fit everyone properly this would be a knockout RC, with a few insane interludes.

  • julnyes

    MC Lyte does look a little casual, but I still think she looks way better than some of the other women on that RC.

    • leilah

      Lyte looked quite chic to me.  Lesbians seem to rarely do “shiny or glittery” on the RC (well, except for Portia de Rossi, and Latifa when going on-stage), and almost never with the showy, more formal jewelry.  And, remember, she’s the first Black female President of the Recording Academy, LA Chapter — so perhaps she’s trying to look a little more Commander-in-Chief, Grammys-Regional-Division-style….

  • kimmeister

    In addition to opening up the neckline on Elle’s dress, I’d also take out the dolman sleeves.

    That has to be the worst I’ve ever seen Kerry Washington look.

    I don’t like how the bottom of MC Lyte’s jacket is pointing at her hooha.

  • I think Kerry Washington forgot to put her dress on over her foundation garments.

  • sherrietee

    Peek-a-cooch, I choose you!  Gotta catch em all, don’t you know.

  • sagecreek

    What’s with the poor posture, ladies? Angela B, Lira, Tamar? I’m talking to YOU.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    No one looks any kind of good here.  WTF?  Was this red carpet cursed by the Ghost of the Angry Stylist or something?

  • olsonam

    This is a fine example of fashion not being meant for women with curves or bigger than sample sizes. It’s kind of frustrating because these are beautiful talented women that should be catered to!

  • Judy_J

    Every one of these outfits look like they were purchased at TJ Maxx.

  • mjude

    i really didnt like any of the looks

  • Lola is bringing the goddess look. I approve. The rest… o.O Were they informed they were going to an awards show? 

  • redgauntlet

    Every single one of these ladies has been made to look and stand like a reasonably priced tart by their stylists! Every one! There’s not a single outfit there that projects class or style or wit.

  • That is not Melanie Fiona, its Shanell, an artist with Lil Wayne. 

  • Beardslee

    The vast majority of these dresses are TOO TIGHT.  

  • TropiCarla

    I really will be heartbroken if Taraji goes the way of Vivica.  

    It’s okay to be unmarried and fabulous, ladies – no need to start making the place stink of desperation (and start soliciting the attentions of idiots like 50 Cent).

    • leilah

      Amen and halleLUjah!!

    • MilaXX

       I agree. I was caught an airing of Independence day on tv over the weekend. I had forgotten how pretty Viv was before the plastic surgery. Not even gonna comment on the bad taste in men.

  • cteeny21

    Wow! Michelle Williams needs a cheeseburger, fries, a milkshake, and you can super size it.

  • You two are extra funny today, plus a fine Scot in the earlier post – thank you.

  • laurenoodle

    These outfits are awful
    Brianna Perry has a great body 

  • mike__tv

    Good LORD, girl. You look like two grapes balancing on toothpicks. Don’t you have a mirror?

  • michelle williams has been skipping a few too many meals.

  • Is Brianna Perry being sponsored by Reynolds Wrap? I can just see directions with that….”spray with PAM, toss vegetables in and cook at 350 for 25 minutes, toss with garlic and serve!” when you are through, just toss away and no clean up!

    as to the peek-a-cooch dress…c’mon guys, you can pull this look off! (pray to the gods she is wearing THICK undies with that)

  • LeToya Luckett (whoever you are) thank you! for bringing some much needed dazzle to the rest of the nuns…It isn’t amazing, but nice and fun!

  • LambeeBaby

    Looks like  Porscha Coleman is going with the S&M bellhop theme.Lala Anthony was in charge of carrying the balloons over from Party City she just doesn’t know it is time to take them out of their sack.

  • Overall, one of the better red carpets we’ve seen in a while. Although I can’t believe you guys looked at Tamar Braxton’s outfit and your comment was about her shoes, not the tulle she stapled to the front of her dress.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Thank Heaven that Porsha Coleman brought some whacka-doodle to the RC at this event!

  • Julaine Morley

    Peek-a-cooch panel! TLo, you never disappoint.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      & how much better were the dress also rendered in the color of letoya luckett’s. sunshine lollipops & rainbows everywhere, etc & ect.

  • lucasuk82

    I’m a white gay man, so my opinion on this doesn’t count for much, but I would have loved to see some ladies rocking natural hair.  I mean, your head, you do what you want, but I just think it looks so much fresher than these heavy, straight weaves.

  • ccm800

    Oh my, is Michelle Williams ill? 

  • quiltrx

    There was a lot of “almost” here, wasn’t there?  And a lot of just bad.

    Outfits aside, Ms. Angela and Ms. Regina sure are beautiful ladies!

    And Kerry and Michelle…we expect SO much more of you.  Looks like you didn’t even try!

  • TomBord

    Evening looks in the glare of the LA hot sun is never easy.  Way too much too tight.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    two grapes, two toothpicks. it took me some minutes to be certain i was never gonna understand what was going on in that photo, w/ that outfit, on that person. very odd.

    in other news, i really like angela bassett’s current halle berry hair. it really looks nice. same w/ the one below her’s silver dress. this is, of course, a person i cannot place.

    no better can i place this one: porscha coleman, who, of course, on first glance i thought was nicki minaj. i’m sure i’m not alone in that but i may be alone in thinking that, sartorially, not only did she remind me of the obvious NM but NM were she just a few inches shorter & thereby truly eligible to be a card carrying member of the LPA [little people of america]. since this one [both of them, actually] is in hollywood she would probably prefer a greater sweep of possible roles; therefore, tired i suggest she figure out how to use proportion in her favor. who did that really well? the great great & everso pre-gaga leigh bowery. if one is gonna make the commitment to dressing like [at this point, almost] nobody else, lady you gotta understand yr forebears & do unto yrself what they did unto them.

    hmmmm my head still really hurts. i wanna find something else but i think theres very little. oh: whoever monica denise brown might be i like her outfit best. maybe that. there might be more but i gotta go lie down.

  • grapes.  on toothpicks.  holy shit, that was funny!
    and accurate.

  • Judih1

    These women don’t have access to freebies from the big name designers like Anglo actresses do, but still that is no excuse for these disasters

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      [apologies if this posts twice, disqus was acting hinky again.]

      depends on who–on both sides of the equation, i would think. i’m certain theres still some discrepancy when you get beneath, say, b-level [ie: i would bet a semi-rising anglo starlet would get more press &, thereby, more clothing] but when you get to angela bassett level, say, i’d be surprised if there’s not at least a somewhat more equal level of sartorial tribute. i hope. sometimes i’m too optimistic about the level of decency human beings possess; otoh, at a-& b-level it’s less about decency than publicity & income & i’m surely not optimistic about how much human beings want those. disgusted is closer to it. anyway.

  • These sisters make me sad, especially when Kerry, Angela, and Michelle aren’t bringing it. Lala Anthony’s outfit is tragic.

  • Amismo

    Bejeweled thong on her head. Bwah!

  • guest2visits

    Love the Nadine Ellis dress. Also Tatyani Ali; except for the shoes; Lira, and Monica Denise Brown.

  • Call me Bee

    Wow–that was a lot of really cool and dynamic women wearing the worst cheap-looking crappy clothes.  The only one that looked like her outfit a.)  Fit her, or b.) had some non-trashy style was Nadine Ellis.   Her dress is cute and summery and I don’t mind the hair down at all.  The rest may go up in flames if they get too close to a candle.  Yikes…

  • LilyPad

    Two grapes balancing on toothpicks! ZING!!

  • jessicasac

    Rarely do you see this many hideous, cheap looking outfits on one red carpet.

  • MoHub

    Ninety percent of these women need to go up at least one size.

  • What sadist is making these women pose in the brightest, harshest sunlight possible?

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    they ALL look AWFUL!

  • They almost ALL look like over the hill street walkers! UGH!

  • Water Melons on Sticks?