Met Gala: Nicki Minaj in Tommy Hilfiger

Posted on May 08, 2013

We’re still wiped out from that Mad Style post, so we’ll keep this brief and simple.


Nicki Minaj attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in Tommy Hilfiger.

We have never been more disappointed in you, Miss Nicki.

It’s not horrible – although we think the shape of it is really odd – but it’s so … bleh. The Met Gala is a major opportunity for someone like her to really go for it, fashion-wise. The Chaka Khan hair and the Carrie White Prom Collection dress are huge letdowns.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • MoHub

    I like the spiked clutch. That is all.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Yup, me too. The hair is a mess, and the dress has just a really weird shape. There’s something about it that makes her look very short and squat. It’s not flattering.

    • That spiked clutch with Christina Ricci’s Westwood dress would have been flawless for Nicki!

  • What kills it for me is the dress, which is odd to say the least, proportionally. It skews her body shape way out of whack, and not in an interesting way. I actually kinda dig the hair and makeup, but the dress is just wrong for her.

    • I LOVE this. Her shape is weird cause she has an unusual body for the red carpet, but TONS of people look like her and I like that she’s flaunting a big ass/hips.

      • ChelseaNH

        But she’s not flaunting. The skirt doesn’t show anything off. It’s too loose to feature anything but a graceful sweep of fabric, which is nice but nothing more than nice.

      • mightbewrong

        It’s not that her shape is weird by itself, it’s that the dress is doing pretty weird things to it. I think she has an amazing figure but she could pick a better way to flaunt it.

      • AnaRoW

        I’d normally love that too but I have to agree that this isn’t flaunting. The dress distorts her posture and makes her look more like she threw her back out.

      • JasmineAM

        Her shape is weird because her fake ass throws her proportions waaaay off. It’s like tiny 100lb girls having huge boobs. It’s not proportional.

    • Guest

      Yeah, I think she has an amazing figure but this dress is just doing weird things to it. I LOVE the hair, though.
      E: meant to reply to Heron, ah well. Everybody gets my opinion today!

    • It makes her look pregnant. This would be a rockin’ dress in one’s third trimester. For Miss Nikki, not so much. I do like the handbag. Agree on the hair & makeup, too!

      • Kim Kardashian should’ve worn this dress, instead of my grandmother’s couch remnants.

  • I love the hair and the face, the rest is in no way Gala worthy nor is it remotely flattering. I’m ready for her fifteen minutes to be up.

  • Sobaika

    I’m loving the hair, but that’s about it.

  • SewingSiren

    Nancy Spungen hair.

  • But the face is lovely! And just looking pretty is outside her comfort zone.

  • Christine

    I liked her hair and makeup, and clutch, but honestly, hearing it was made by Tommy Hilfiger just made me sad. The dress was just so wrong for her. TH has no place at a Gala.

    • Gotta say, the idea of pairing up Tommy Hilfiger and Nicki Minaj, is one of the quirkiest notions in a long while.

      • And when you see what Tommy and Dee wore…it just baffles me. He clearly read the invitation and showed up looking awesome – then he made Minaj wear this.

      • lovelyivy

        Well he has a long long history of working with hip-hop artists, and he’s been dressing rappers since FOREVER. That said, it’s not the 90’s and hip hop culture isn’t doing the preppy thug look any more, so it does seem odd.

        And (for the OP) although he is known for his sportswear, TH also makes plenty of clothes that would show up at your average gala at Cipriani. But a gala at Cipriani is in no way, shape or form the same as the freaking Met gala. This is a total failure of effort and imagination.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I am not a Tommy Hilfiger fan either!!! Just expensive American sportswear, probably from the same factory that the cheap American sportswear was manufactured, just with a different label.

      • For me, its not that I’m not a fan of his. He does what he does, for his particular market, quite nicely (fairly conservative dressing men and women). But he is absolutely not a Gala event designer.

    • He dressed Zooey Deschanel for it too, didn’t he? Weird.

      • Yes. Zooey (who is COMPLETELY unrecognizable, btw) and Nicki look like they’re going to a formal Main Line garden party or something, or a party on a yacht, not a punk-inspired gala at the Met.

  • Paigealicious

    The makeup (and non-crazeballs eyes) make her look like a different person.

  • carnush

    Huge mistake. The dress is awful and just wrong. What a shame!

  • MK03

    This is easily the most restrained outfit she’s ever worn.

    • conniemd

      That’s why I share TLo’s disappointment. Given the crazy get-ups she wore for American Idol, I’d expect her to rock the punk idea totally, since mostly she is a collage of discordant fashion.

  • nannypoo

    I think she looks pretty, but maybe not for this event. The makeup and hair are subdued for her, and they work with this dress better than most of her hair and makeup choices would have. This is meant to be a positive assessment, but it sure is full of qualifications.

  • mhleta

    It smacks of maternity wear. Kim Kardashian would have been a far better match for this frock.

    • christinewithanx

      I wish KK would have worn this! My eyes are still burning from the “let’s make playclothes for the children” look.

      • I totally thought “Sound of Music” too.

    • Anathema_Device

      I should have scrolled down before posting. I totally agree.

  • alyce1213

    Lost and confused cartoon character. That’s all I see, sorry.

    And side-underboob.

  • her boobs look like they’re gonna make a break for it out of the bottom of the bust.

  • mjude

    carrie white prom collection….LMFAO!

  • christinewithanx

    I’m five months pregnant and think it’s fabulous…maternity wear. Hair and makeup is fierce. Maybe she’s feeling bloated?

    • Qitkat

      Unfortunately,*is she pregnant?* was my very first thought. Fierce and maternal, odd combo. It might have looked much better on KK than the floral sofa that she wore. I’m also seriously distracted by the dark hairline and the what appear to be perfectly sprayed-on eyebrows, and the blue squirrel’s tail.

  • Nikko Viquiera


  • MilaXX

    Like Solange it’s more of a 70’s feel. Huge letdown.

  • MzzPants

    Huh. She’s trying on ‘sophisticated’ and this is what came out.

  • Airkisses

    Is this her version of elegant?

    • DeTrop

      I think we can all agree that elegance was missing in action at the Gala for the most part. Where it appeared it didn’t fit the theme of PUNK. I wonder if this is due to so many ‘celebrities’ being photographed and few, if any, society ladies?????? I expect more from the Met Gala. This could have been The Grammys.

  • In_Stitches

    She looks like a contestant in the season 4 RPDR float challenge. When you have a butt like hers, this shape doesn’t exactly work…

  • Tommy Hilfiger is not a designer. That is all.

  • She looks hilariously confused and slightly pissed off.

    “Wait, is this RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunion?”

  • l_c_ann

    That wig will scare small children.

    • kimmeister

      Or, the small children could hide inside her hair from the big crowds.
      Off note – I’m so glad to be able to post from my PC again! Apparently DIsqus is now supporting my version of IE again.

  • I thought for sure that was Christina Aguilera when I saw the thumbnail on facebook. She needs to go away.

  • Judy_S

    I had seen other pictures and thought it was an odd dress for her. These are the best pictures (where she looks the best) but she appears to be pregnant? I kind of like the contrast of hair and simple dress, but it seems a terrible letdown considering what she could have done with the punk mandate.

  • im all for surprising the public with simplicity but still it needs to be high impact and interesting. lose the butt pad keep the attitude and pick an interesting look.

  • Imasewsure

    The color is gorgeous but that is one ugly dress. Missed opportunity

  • I love the hair! I think her face looks great too! But I don’t love the dress.

  • thecitysleeps

    Terrible, terrible dress.

  • Synnamin

    I will say that I’m glad she didn’t go for that awful pink lip. I know she loves it, but it doesn’t flatter her at all

  • Little_Olive

    I disagree – I think it IS horrible.

  • It’s like a bad 80’s gala gown BUT her makeup is pretty here. That said, she sure is pale these days…

  • Tracy_Flick

    It looks like a cheesy dance team costume. Good lord. The opposite of punk, and also unflattering and cheap-looking.

  • VERY subdued for her.

  • Another missed opportunity to bring the crazy. Though I don’t dislike the dress itself, I have some quibbles about the way the bodice-meets-skirt area makes her look extra hippy. (Yes, I know she has curves, but this dress doesn’t accentuate them in a positive way, or play to her strengths.)

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  • jw_ny

    yep…disappointing, and that dress is not figure flattering in the least.

  • She doesn’t look very happy. I wouldn’t be, either.
    Maybe the expressions are her version of demure.

  • Beardslee

    She always looks sullen to me, and rather a dim bulb too, so I have hard time getting beyond what a drag I think I would find her company. A drag in the wrong dress.

  • Taking a woman with large hips and making them look larger is always a mistake.

  • Anathema_Device

    Really thought she was Christina Aguilera in the thumbnail. This is awful. Although, dare I say it would have made a decent maternity gown of Kim Kardashian?

  • I do love her hair but you can tell she is not happy. She is definitely one of those people you can read every emotion on her face. I also love the clutch.

  • decormaven

    The dress design makes the breasts look like dinner rolls tied up in a napkin. I don’t think that was her intent for this event.

  • formerlyAnon

    In these photos, at least, the dress makes her look like she’s heavily pregnant or has quite the protuding abdomen. Which is not the case, at all, of course. I kind of like the big sweep in the back, though.

  • Not applicable

    lord- if the boob tape dam had collapsed just imagine the consequences!

  • KSpence

    Nice boob harness. (Not really.)

  • DeTrop

    Kim Kardashian should have worn this dress. There’s obviously enough room for a belly bump. Love the color.

  • demidaemon

    This just cements my current irrational hatred of her. I respect that she’s talented and all that, but some of the stuff I’ve read about her makes her seem petty and limited. This dress just proves she has little taste and–surprisingly–a lack of imagination, at least for this night. When else are you going to show how ballsy/imaginative you can dress?

  • Candigirl1968

    Where is the cracked out Westwood or vintage Gautlier? Where’s a multicolored faux hawk?

    Did Nicki’s luggage get lost and she have to borrow a dress and wig at the last minute?

  • quiltrx

    The dress looks like some sort of effed-up maternity gown. Incredibly unflattering.
    But I oddly like the Chaka hair (probably because she doesn’t look quite so, well, herself). And that clutch is the shit.

  • She should have stayed home!

  • Sadie-Ann

    This dress is an optical illusion. I can’t focus on it long enough to figure out why the shape is weird.

  • JasmineAM

    She gets whiter every time I see her. Sad.

    • Cold Fire

      I was just going to say that. A fucking shame.

  • Who would have expected Tommy Hilfiger and Nicki Minaj in the same sentence?

  • akprincess72

    Could she be preggers???

  • Danielle

    This is what Kim Kardashian should have worn.

  • The dress is boring.

  • altermyego

    Now she puts on a dress that’s only one color? Now? This is the least punk she’s ever looked! What happened little marshmallow?

  • bitterk

    You guys nailed it! She looks just like Chaka Khan….except bleached.