Gabrielle Union in Emilio Pucci

Posted on January 15, 2013

And now we come up against the limitations of gay men assessing the fashion choices of women.


Gabrielle Union attends the BET Honors 2013 event in an Emilio Pucci dress.

Emilio Pucci Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Jourdan Dunn

Because the lady-oriented are going to look at the above pics and say, “DAMN, girl. Your bod is killin’ me.” But the gays are looking at the above pics and saying, “Ooooh, we don’t think that color looks good on her and that keyhole is just way too wide to be flattering.”

But even we can admit the girl’s got quite the “walking away” bod. That ass is hypnotic.


[Photo Credit: Aaron J. Thornton/PR Photos,]

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  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Flawless in the back, hair and makeup are great.  That’s all I’ll say because I’m feeling nice today.

  • MoHub

    Seeing it on the model just proves that the only way to safely wear this is standing stock still with one’s arms straight at one’s sides. Even the slightest movement risks exposing things that should be covered.

    It also helps if one has as little boobage as the average model. Gabrielle is just too endowed.

    • Barbara Hart

      Runway model had netting to inhibit the spread, so to speak. Not sure I liked that, either.

      • MoHub

         Yep. I did notice the illusion netting, but even without it, there’s just not going to be as much spread on a model.

        • Louise Bryan

          I prefer it with the netting.  This is just to, I don’t know, exposed and risky, perhaps?

    • Whever

      You know it’s pulling too far open when you can see the edges of her titty tape.

    • The use of strategic tape appears to helping Gabrielle out a bit here.  You can see the tape sticking out on the right side.  I wasn’t sure it was tape a first, but it appears in every pic so I assume that’s what it is.

    • e jerry powell

      You’d better know that she had some toupee tape on over some pasties.

  • Paigealicious

    Not loving the color. The black version on the model is much more striking.

    •  Color and cut – that’s a cardiac surgery drape.

  • gsk241

    I think she’s gorgeous, and her bod is beyond killer, but that dress does not look good on her.  At all.

    • Clueless_Jock

      I think she’s wearing the dress backwards.

  • IAmJ

    Despite some quibbles, she is slammin’. Girlfriend is 40 years old. I can only hope to look this good never.

    • SHE IS 40?!?!?!?!?!! kill me.

    • gabbilevy

      40?! That’s all kinds of wrong.

    • lovelyivy

      I have not ever seen 40 look like that. I know that black don’t crack  and all, but geez- I think this woman has a messed up portrait locked in a room somewhere…

      • DeebaCee

        Her and Stacey Dash

        • H3ff

          Stacey Dash is just creepy at this point.

          • DeebaCee

            I’m pretty certain she made a deal with the devil to keep her youthful looks

      •  CLONE ARMY. That is not the side-boob of a 40 year old woman.

    • OMG. Compare this 40 to Nicole Richie’s 30.  Or Christina Aguiliera’s 30.  Yikersons.  

      • That’s because both Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera have had kids. It changes your boobs, your skin, everything. As far as I can ascertain, Gabrielle Union is not a mommy.

    • Verascity

       I keep forgetting how old she actually is. I honestly don’t think she looks any older than me, and I’m 27.

  • crash1212

    I like the color on her – she’s glowing. I must say I’m about done with the gigantic keyhole neckline though. I guess I missed the memo saying that all female stars MUST wear this neckline on pain of death. Not crazy about getting a glimpse of the boob tape – I mean if you need to be taped into a garment, at least make sure the tape is hidden..amiright?

    •  i too like the colour on her.

    • WhiteOprah

      I am also completely over being able to see celebs’ under-boobs.  

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      If you can drive a tank through the keyhole, is it still a keyhole? I think we need a new word. Perimeter breach ?

      • Open borders? The ripped-out seam?  Someone left the front door wide open?

      • e jerry powell

         …and we have a winner!

      • crash1212

         Perimeter breach it shall be!

  • Annabelle Archer

    I called it Sunday nighT; 2013 YEAR OF THE PEEK-A-BOOB

  • I’m also not lady-oriented and I agree with your assessment. Thrilled that she got rid of the fishnet bit though.

  • Sobaika

    The keyhole is a bit too wide, but I’m glad she got rid of the netting the model has on. I think the color is fine on her though.

    Her body is flawless and she doesn’t age either. Time for a donut.

  • Little_Olive

    But I DO agree with TLo. She looks great but that is mostly thanks to her head and the fact that she has a fantastic body. 

    Also, what is going on with the side-seams? Did they sew it on her with fishing line?.

    • MoHub

       The side seams are puckering because no matter how fabulous her body is, she needed to go up a size.

      • littlemac8

        I am in total agreement – it is too small.  Why oh why are stars wearing their clothes soooo tight!  It’s an epidemic.

  • filmcricket

    She is indeed slammin’ but agreed on the keyhole being too wide and I can actually see her boob tape, so…

  • thecitysleeps

    She has a wonderful body she should show off, but with class.  I think this all looks a bit tacky.

  • TAGinMO

    Tacky is still tacky, regardless of what people-parts float your boat.

    Thought experiment: Say Henry Cavill shows up on a red carpet sporting a similar “keyhole” in the ass area of his trousers. Sure, we’d all stare and drool for a few seconds, but wouldn’t we all say it was wrong for the venue? 

    • TAGinMO

      I realize the analogy isn’t perfect, because while a men’s-pants ass-slit would always be inappropriate regardless of the size or shape, a keyhole on a gown can be tastefully done. (See, e.g., Poehler, Amy at the Globes.) But regardless, it’s a high-degree-of-difficulty move with a lot of potential pitfalls.

  • I agree with the gays.

  • Shoulda worn it backwards.  That keyhole is terrible!

  • Not a huge fan of the color, but other than that I LOVE it! And wardrobe malfunctions are easily avoided with a little fashion tape. Though that is some poor sewing around the zipper on the left side.

  • VeryClaire

    That’s not a key hole, that’s the Grand Canyon.

    • MoHub

       Might be the keyhole for the Fortress of Solitude.

  • shelley514

    Smoking hot look!  And the girl is gorgeous.  Love the make up, hair, that color dress works on her because she has thee most beautiful brown skin ever.  With skin like that, every color in the spectrum works on her.  Her hair is flawless.  The jewelry is killer.  And for those screaming tacky, take two seats and stop hating.  LOL.

    • Violina23

      I think her body looks great, and I applaud her ability to wear something like that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tacky! 😉

  • FrayedMachine

    Agreed. I would actually love this dress if the key hole wasn’t as wide or as long as it is. It takes it from sexy to kind of tacky. Also would have loved to see this in a different color entirely.

  • WhiteOprah

    Beautiful woman with an amazing body, but the neckline cheapens the whole look and makes it look vulgar.  You shouldn’t be able to see a lady’s nipple covers.  

  • SewingSiren

    She does have a beautiful body, but he neckline is way too open. And the green is rather dull.
    Funny the dress looks a whole lot fresher as presented by the designer, as a beachy cover up in black over a swimsuit with flats.

  • I’m afraid that I fall into the latter category. It might have been better if she’d not removed the mesh panel that we see on the runway version. As it is, maybe on Lindsay Lohan or just about anyone attending the AVNs?

  • jw_ny

    I’m in agreement with “the gays” too…appropriately.  XD 

    I doubt any hetero guys even noticed the color…but yes, it’s not flattering on her; it’s kind of dead. That keyhole…hoochie! 

  • nannypoo

    The reason her ass is hypnotic is that it’s squeezed into a cheap fabric that is too tight. Her crotch and thighs are hypnotic for the same reason. Her boobage, sadly, is way overexposed. I actually like the shape and details of the dress and I love the color. She looks great from the neck up, but the rest of her could look a lot better with a proper fit.

  • Aside from the gigantic gap in the front of the dress, it does look a bit business-y to me. I think it *is* the color. However, if one is going to wear a dress where one’s breasts threaten to do curtain calls, using a toned-down color sort of mutes the LOOK-AT-ME of it all. 

    Re: super plunging necklines and keyhole-to-naval dresses – they seem like a great idea for nursing mothers. None of this draping a tablecloth over you, just one step: baby’s hungry – boom, there you go. That’s what they’re for, right? For the Thredsons of the world?

    • kimmeister

      It would be a little hard to insert those absorbent nursing pads in that neckline though!

      • Pockets in the panels. Throw some nursing pads in there, add a little gaff tape: boom! Problem solved! 😉

  • Violina23

    I don’t think clothes should look like they’ve been ripped open, or that an integral part of the fabric “fell off”.  I don’t care how great her body looks, this just cries “vulgar” to me. 

  • suzq

    The runway model has a modesty tab.  Gabrielle has only wardrobe adhesive…or faith.  But in the occaision of faith, you have to wonder if your prayer to keep everything covered will counteract everyone else’s prayer that your efforts fail.

    • meowing

      Looks to me like both a modesty tab and a bit of mesh in the under-boob area–design elements with which I can live, as opposed to the dreaded illusion-netting.

  • StellaZafella

    Sorry, to me it’s 3 sequins short of drag queen…and  ladyboys pay good money for that kind of “padding”.

  • 3boysful

    I like it, but the neckline–if we can loosely call it that–is so wide it’s vulgar, even tho she’s otherwise covered up.  And the whole is a skosh too tight–note the little  ripples pulling on her buttcheeks.

    Who’m I kidding–wish I looked like that!

    • Tatiana Luján

      I too find it so wide, it’s vulgar.

    • Laylalola

      The model has a strip of fabric or string or something pulling that keyhole closer together — I can’t decide whether that would make the dress less vulgar here or not.

  • ccm800

    maybe wear it backwards. 

  • The color kills it for me. For some reason that green is looking like dirty suede to me.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I want Dirty Suede to be my stripper name.

  • Anathema_Device

    Keyhole opening is way too wide. It just needed to close more at the waistline. I hate that I can see her boob sticky tape stuff on her right breast. Tacky, tacky, tacky. Nice color, though.

  • bertkeeter

    This gay likes the color!

  • Aqueous_Martinis

     Okay really, I can see the double-sided tape near her underboob.

  • Cathy S

    Oh no. That’s way too much boobage. It’s kind of tacky.

  • Monday1900

    Holy crap!  That’s some neckline–I think the dress is saved from utter vulgarity by the fabric and the color.  As it is it’s just vulgar.

  • Stubenville

    Hoochie mama. No.

  • EEKstl

    Or, you can reach across the aisle and say, while the color isn’t best on her and the keyhole is too large, she still looks amazing.  Accessories, hair and makeup all work.  She looks fierce, and, yes, her bod is insane.

  • neofashionista

    she looks spectacular!!!

  • Caitlin Bell

    you can see her nipple covers….yikes! I think that is definitely a sign of the “keyhole” being too small. She looks amazing, but this is a no. 

  • Laylalola

    The gays are correct. There’s something wrong with a keyhole four or more inches in width.

  • d4divine

    Wrong color and tacky in the front. The runway look is much better because the netting holds in the girls.

  • I think she looks amazing. I’ll give you the keyhole could be a bit narrower and the dress could be a more flattering color, but on the whole, seeing her here makes me feel really bad about myself, so I say it’s a win.

  • mhleta

    Vulgar, tacky, Frederick’s of Hollywood. She can afford to be subtle, because with a body like this, she’ll still knock everyone’s eyes out. This just looks kinda skanky, which is unfortunate. I had to look at it three times before I noticed how gorgeous her face is.  

  • Tacky, bad color, tacky again. She looks fabulous, of course. But how did it look sitting down?

  • B_C_J

    I am clearly in the minority.  This woman has a stunning figure. The gown emphasizes that fact without any excuses.  Yes, it’s a bit risqué but when you look like that, you are entitled to push the limits. Had she had a large bust then I agree it would have been vulgar. She looks hot and she knows it.

  • Jangle57

    I’m not feeling nice: tacky tacky tacky

  • ChiKat67

    Sorry, if I can see the edges of your pastie, the keyhole is too wide.

  • I’m a straight woman, but I think she looks great. I love the color, and her hair and makeup are perfect. That’s a little too much boon, and I think you can see a bit of the fabric tape holding things together, but that’s way better than a nip-slip, in my opinion. If we were rating, I’d give her 9 out of 10.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Breast dressed list, fo sho.

    That keyhole (can it be called a keyhole? It’s more like a wide open door) is too much, which is so, so sad because she is stunning.

  • GorgeousThings

    Great body, “I’m hawt!” dress, but I don’t like it on her at all. I agree. the color does nada for her.

  • MilaXX

    You are correct, beause this is darn near a werq in  my eyes.

  • Nariya

    Can I see a sliver of her fashion tape, or is that just my eyes going?  I can’t say that I love it, but she does look hot.

  • Judy_J

    I’m with you guys….the keyhole is way too wide and the color does nothing for her.  I think I’d like this better if the keyhole was the back of the dress instead of the front.

  • decormaven

    I’d like it more if it mirrored the original design with the modesty tab. With the design and fabric showing every curve, there’s no reason to have the bosom almost 100% on display. We get the message without the flash, dear. She is a stunner, though.

  • kimmeister

    Wow, that over-the-shoulder look is like ba-BAM!

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  • Carla_Charlton

    Maybe it sounds prudish, but I really don’t like the wide open cleavage look.  These women want attention, of course, but I think it diminishes the woman and makes her just boobs. 

  • Janet B

    I groaned when I saw this dress. 

    Gabrielle is beautiful, but this dress isn’t.

  • A Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
    You couldn’t give me enough Valium to feel comfortable in it.
    That said nice color and she is slammin’ it.

  • Kristy Evans

    I hate the color, it makes her look sallow. Her skin needs a rich jewel tone. I don’t mind the keyhole…it’s weird, but it works. But things are saved by her 1000 watt smile and DAT ASS.

  • Imasewsure

    I just think she has it on backwards…. hate this type of dress although as usual, she looks beautiful overall

  • unbornfawn

    Looks great from the back! The front, gag me. Can’t stand these giant boob window keyholes, they aren’t pretty or sexy. Attention grabbing maybe. But she doesn’t need it. All she has to do is turn around and she’s got my attention! The color is a little flat. 

  • Kate4queen

    I actually like it all! (not sure why though)

  • She’s just so beautiful.  It makes me want to punch her in the face.

  • PastryGoddess

    If ever there was a J.Lo award for the deployment of tit tape…she would medal at least

  • Dayum! This bitch does not age!! She looks awesome.

  • E. D.

    The fact that the keyhole isn’t symmetrical (wider at the bottom) bugs me and it makes her look wider than she is right above the waist.

  • Cousin_Rose

    I don’t understand why so many ladystars want to distract their audience so much that they can only worry about what is going to fall out. It just doesn’t seem like an attractive message to me. I guess they just don’t expect to be taken seriously in these get ups.

  • peachy

    that chest looks plastic. and i don’t mean plastic in the plastic-surgery-enhanced way. i mean plastic, as in the substrate plastic — as in ‘if you rapped on it with your knuckles, it might hurt’.  and yes, that color is the pits. it makes her look sort of… i don’ t know… dusty?

  • It appears a little breast tape is sticking out.  That means the keyhole is too big.  And not digging the color either.  Kind of dull.

  • That’s a terrible color on her.

  • I’m conflict because the keyhole is too big but the original meshing is tacky.  You can’t reduce the keyhole without really destroying the dress.  Hmm, she does have a smoking bod.  So jelly.

  • Ba-BAM! I’ve had such a girlcrush on her for the longest time.

  • I don’t mind the color, but a richer or darker color would probably look better on her but yeah, the keyhole is way to wide and her chest looks like it’s made of Barbie plastic for some reason. The back is super flattering and her hair and makeup are gorgeous.

  • Dagney

    Beautiful!  Ladystars, take a note, if you are going to do this type of look, the dress needs to fit properly.  Notice how Gabrielle does not appear pulled, tugged, and constricted to within an inch of her life.  That dress fits like a dream.

  • Qitkat

    That ass is hypnotic.
    Never heard that before 🙂

    She can wear this color because of her lovely skin tone. Few could. However, it’s way too close to a superbowl malfunction.

  • guest2visits

    Keyhole’s way too wide; it becomes a different, less elegant dress.
    Needed some alterations to make it more peek-a-boo; and less advertisement.

  • kirkyo

    Yeah, the keyhole is more like a canyon but this is hot. Love the color on her, actually. It took me awhile to actually get around to her face, but that looks great too.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Give us some credit. We can think both. 😛

    Modesty tabs are her friend.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Gabrielle Union is a gorgeous woman, and in this dress she looks like the number one hoochie in a rap video. It’s beneath you, doll.

  • Haha! I think she looks fantastic. 

  • Trust your instincts, gays.

  • Her body is killing me, but yes – the dress is better with the illusion netting.  Never thought I’d hear myself saying that.

  • mike__tv

    BAdunkah dunk dunk! 

    • mike__tv

      Also deyaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! 

  • Distracting keyhole. And is that a side zipper, or did she have to get (awkwardly) stitched into that dress?

  • I side with the gay opinion. And I’m still appalled that women turn around on the red carpet and let people take a picture. Not classy. Even if it is to show the back of the dress. I’m sorry Gabby, but all you need its your bathroom mirror and you holding your phone over your shoulder and you’ve got your new FAcebook profile pic.

  • This is too tight to look really good.  Not a fan of the color on her or the partial nudity.  There is just too much gap on that dress.

  • e jerry powell

    This dress puts me in the mind of Divine Rags commercials.

  • Zippypie

    That football field between her breasts is just waaaaay too much.

  • She looks amazing, and I simply refuse to believe she is 40. That is incredible.

  • The keyhole is definitely too wide, especially at the bottom. It would have been better if it tapered back in when it got to the waist band. Her body is AMAZING (and I’m insanely jealous) but you’re totally on with the colour.

  • Trisha26

    Adult video awards.

  • Gosh, she’s gorgeous.

  • Pterodactyl111

    What I want to know is how her boobs stay in place in that thing. Tape? Lots of dress tape?

    • MoHub

       So much tape, in fact, that you can see it in the photos.

  • I like this color on her. The keyhole is just a shade too big, though. Really liking the mixed metallic bracelets with this shade of green. 

  • I think she’s wearing the dress backward. 

  • quiltrx

    I’m pretty sure I see the edge of her…hell, what do you call those flower-things that they stick over the nipples?  Anyway, pretty sure I see that.  Which qualifies this for “vulgar” in my book.  She definitely needed the little tit-strap, even if the netting was eliminated.

  • pdquick

    Heard at the corner of Market and Noe on a Sunday afternoon, uttered by a very pretty, somewhat intoxicated woman, about who knows whom, “I don’t really respect her as person, but you know, I’d totally fuck her. I mean, she has those fabulous tits, and her ass is AMAZING.”

    Stop me before I free-associate again.

  • Personally, I think she’s shutting it DOWN here. Flawless though I’d have opted for a more modest keyhole.

  • I. . . don’t think straight men say “bod.”

  • Agree about the keyhole but I like this color on her.