Nicki Minaj in Saint Laurent at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Posted on August 25, 2014

To no one’s surprise at all, Miss Nicki had a wardrobe malfunction up on stage last night. Favorite line of the E! story at that link:

Minaj further explained her style slip-up via an Instagram caption early Monday morning. ‘God is good. As long as a nipple didn’t come out to play, I’m fine,’ the hip-hop star, 31, told her 7.8 million followers.

Oh, yes. Praise His Holy Name, Nicki. 

Anyway, what we find interesting about her style choices is how relatively toned down she kept it when she was off stage.


Nicki-Minaj-2014-MTV-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Saint-Laurent-Head-To-Toe-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO- (1)Nicki Minaj attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California in Saint Laurent.

Nicki-Minaj-2014-MTV-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Saint-Laurent-Head-To-Toe-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO- (2)Saint Laurent Fall 2014 Collection

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This is kind of chic, actually. Or as chic as a sequined cheetah print mini-dress can get. We like the shoe choice. Keeps it light and fun. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly designed for her shape, so it’s pulling across the hips and riding up. Too bad, because she looks cute otherwise. Love the hair. The makeup’s scary, but we assume that was for the stage and TV cameras.

This is the dress she couldn’t get zipped up in time to hit the stage and it’s clear why:

Nicki-Minaj-2014-MTV-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Saint-Laurent-Head-To-Toe-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO- (5)Nicki Minaj in the press room of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum in Los Angeles, California in Saint Laurent.

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We don’t know what the hell she was thinking. That sure as hell doesn’t look like something you can do a quick-change into between songs. She can barely keep it closed as it is and she’s just standing there.

Having said that, it’s a pretty damn fabulous look head to toe. It’s just not stagewear. It’s odd that she of all people would make a mistake like that. Then again, there’s no reason for us to believe any on-stage wardrobe malfunction at the VMAs is anything but deliberate. Does she regularly bust out of dresses when she’s not being broadcast to millions around the world? There you go.






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  • FrigidDiva

    I get that she’s going for fierce with the facial expressions, especially with the first look. However, she just looks miserable and pissed off.

    • Another Kate

      She ALWAYS looks miserable. To the point where I never notice her music or her butt cheeks or whatever it is I’m supposed to be noticing this week, and merely think “Oh, you poor child” whenever I see her.

    • I think they all need work. :/ They’re coming across as excessively pouty and amateurish.

  • Kent Roby

    I’m certain that God approves of all of her outfit choices, bless her heart.

  • “Slip”. Yup. Definitely accidental.

    BUT the fact that her boobs were coming to the party while she was on stage with the big spider makes Spidey’s Tiny Tot Dominatrix get-up even more egregious.

    • Qitkat

      The Emmys tonight are going to look like Widows and Widowers Night at the Boca Raton Singles Mixer after the boob, leg and eye-popping costumes of this awards show.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Word-the Emmys are going to have that Golden Girls glow-nothing can surpass the sh#tstorm of WTF with which the VMAs blessed us.

  • imperfectlaura

    The picture where she’s groping herself has to be her “God is Good” pose.

  • Sarah

    I’m not sure it’s the fit’s fault on that leopard one – the fabric looks hella thick rumpleriffic. And as an avowed hater of booties, I can’t believe I’m typing this, but I like those black and white ones.

    • Kitten Mittons

      It’s the least I’ve ever hated a pair of booties. That’s as far as I’m willing to go.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, and they’re peeptoe, too, which usually engenders even further hate, but I guess this is an example of an expertly deployed shoe for both the ensemble and the leg, on which it is surprisingly NOT stumpifying.

        • Dangerfield5

          I think it’s partly because they’re not perfectly tight on her leg – it doesn’t break the leg line in the same way, maybe? I’m also surprised by how much I like them.

    • GeoDiva

      We are on the same page. If the fit or fabric was better, Dress #1 would be fab. Love the #2 as long as it is zipped up.

    • RescueMe23

      HAHAHAHA – I first thought you meant booties as in “booty” then I realized you meant her shoes!

      • Sarah

        No, I love THAT kind of booty. And pirate’s, of course – popcorn AND treasure.

        • Introspective

          LIVING for pirate’s booty & for nicki’s b&w booties. In that order…

  • Kitten Mittons

    Wow, I can’t believe that I like these. And I can’t believe Nicki Minaj had some of the most chic looks from last night.

    Does anyone have any smelling sa….*thunk*

  • She’s got such a flawless face. Go ahead, girl.

    • livesarah

      She is extremely beautiful. She surely must enjoy showing that off now that she doesn’t do the extreme make-up/wig get ups all the time.

  • Vegas Girl

    Who does her mouth look bruised in the second pic of the cheetah dress? Is that just a bad makeup job? I do like her hair much better than the crazy wigs she normally sports.

    • Vanessa Reyes

      I think it’s the reflective shine of her dress making her mouth look bruised.

      • Vegas Girl

        That makes me feel much better about her make up artist. The girl does have face!

        • tpalgal

          I really love that Nicki has toned her look down to a more natural (for her) style. Love the dark hair. She’s so beautiful naturally without the pink wigs and foot-long false lashes. Don’t miss the bubblegum Katy Perry dresses.

          I wonder if Sophie and Rosie’s folks are letting them watch “Anaconda.” I hope not. I’m no prude – but dayum, Nicki, that’s hard core.

          • Vegas Girl

            I remember seeing her on SNL a few years ago in a skit without all her crazy makeup & hair, and I didn’t even recognize her. But I remember thinking she was so beautiful and wondering why she wanted do hide herself with the crazy. I have not brought myself to watch the video, as her music is not really to my taste. I may have to go check it out now…

          • demidaemon

            Did you see that they have their own horrible movie coming out? I feel kind of sad for them, little attention princesses that they are.

          • tpalgal

            That’s too bad. I hope their parents don’t let them get tangled up in the Hollywood machine. At the bottom of it all, they’re just two cute little girls.

  • Kent Roby

    After the earlier post, I keep thinking “Areola Grande” looking at these photos.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I just read that very quickly and thought you typed Areola Grenade.

      • demidaemon

        Both are very, very apt.

      • That’s an amazing drag name.

  • Anna

    “As long as Nicki Minaj’s nipples don’t come out to play” – Prayers of the People.

    ETA: I didn’t watch the VMAS, but just read that there was supposed to be a snake during the Anaconda performance (a la Britney-what’s with all the Britney “homages,” btw?), but there wasn’t because it bit one of the dancers. I’d like to see THAT footage because that sounds more entertaining than her sharing the stage with Grande Latte.

    • mapmakerscolors

      Britney has become an elder stateswoman of pop music. I kind of love it, honestly.

  • sojourneryouth

    I’m glad that she’s toning down the Barbie cum Harajuku Girl looks and going for something more sophisticated. She is a lovely woman. Both dresses look pretty good, but yeah, Dress 2 is too boobtacular for a quick change, for sure.

    • Trent

      And yet she switched out of that persona so abruptly that now I feel like I don’t even recognize her half the time. She looks very pretty here, but in an industry where the default look for women is short, tight and booby, not that distinctive.

  • papillon

    Wow, she’s 31? She really looks like a doll in the first two shots in the black dress but I know that’s her thing.
    Also according to that article you linked to, she couldn’t get the dress zipped up in time during the rehearsal either so it was no mistake.

    • Yeah, who goes “I see this didn’t work in rehearsal! Therefore NO CHANGES NEEDED” unless that’s the desired result?

  • cowper

    It’s nice that not everyone was competing for the Most Boob Tape award at the VMAs.

    • Imasewsure

      Miss Boob Tape 2014… and the award goes to……????

      • cowper

        My vote would be for Kim Kardashian, but there have got to be multiple nominees!

  • Sarah

    Shoot, also: Please tell me which bitches I need to cut for those runway mary janes.

    • Qitkat

      No doubt designed by ‘Sparkle Josh.’

  • Karen Belgrad

    Her “wardrobe malfunction” is a total #BeMeOrDoMe ploy…She knew what she was doing and the attention she’d be getting.

    • “What if at a key moment in the game my, my uniform bursts open and, uh,
      oops., my bosoms come flying out? That, that might draw a crowd, right?”

      • Violentcello

        Bonus points for “A League of Their Own” reference.

      • joancarol

        “You think there are men in this country who ain’t seen your bosoms?”

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  • Alyssa

    I think her hair looks really good in the first look, and those are totally her booties in the second. As far as the “slip”…yeah, not buying that.

  • Judy_J

    The leopard print ensemble looks like it was hemmed (badly) at the last minute. I was a teenaged girl when the mini made its first go-round, and I know a hurriedly-turned up hem when I see one.

  • Lower L

    That’s not a cheetah print, that’s anaconda. Fashion and advertising, all in one!

  • MilaXX

    You said it all.

  • enchanted216

    That first one is a top, not a dress. Both are tragic. And both look like December-wear.

  • Dangerfield5

    Isn’t that a python print rather than a leopard? I assumed she was referencing Anaconda.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love the anaconda-print dress. The second looks like some dresses dot com foolishness- she’s too cute for that nonsense.

  • marlie

    I like both looks, but the first one is my favorite of the two. Venue- and person- appropriate, and rather stylish, too.

  • kerryev

    I wish the first one fit. I didn’t think I could be a fan of a teeny bell skirt but it looks great on her.

  • Pound of Salt

    Is that dress really cheetah print? I thought it was, you know, anaconda.

  • nannypoo

    I have never busted out of my clothes, but that’s because they fit.

  • cocohall

    Remember when she came to the Grammys in some strange pseudo religious outfit that perhaps bordered on the offensive (I’m not Catholic, I’m just assuming here) and was upstaged by the death of Whitney Houston? Our little Nicki wasn’t about to let that happen – hence the “accidental” wardrobe malfunction. I think the fact that the other two singers did not seem the least bit surprised may have given her otherwise clever plan away. The thing is, she is really a knockout and her rapping ability is pretty phenomenal – it is sad that she feels that all this extra stagecraft is necessary. Perhaps the fact that Kim Kardashian, who cannot sing, dance or rap, yet gets gallons of ink for just showing up, makes Nicki’s extra efforts here more understandable.

    • demidaemon

      This sounds like a very logical examination of her mindset.

  • StrandedFashionista

    I like that she’s going for more ‘adult’ and ‘chic’ (for her) looks. The RC look is pretty fab.

  • “cheetah print”? Minaj would wear cheetah print after releasing a song called ‘Anaconda’? let pythons be pythons…

  • PastryGoddess

    TLo called it. Apparently the “wardrobe malfunction” was staged and was rehearsed earlier. At this point, I’m wondering if she sprayed that backup dancer with Eau du Mouse to get them bitten

  • Big Bear

    God: now preventing nip slips.

  • Sharon O’Rourke Frenz

    Nails..Nails…Nails!!!! LOVE!

  • evave2

    She has got the tumultuous booby thing going on here. Usually I just really look at her bootie, but here her whole body is on display.

    But don’t both outfits look TWO sizes too small, not the usual one?

    After today I want more shots of her AND Jennifer Lopez because both of them have the most wonderful wonderful rumps in the whole damn world.

    • Fannie Wolston

      sho can bump that rumpus like no other, like a hyper bullfrog in a electrified pond

  • YeahYeahFashion

    Loving the first RC look, especially her hair. Firing her wig-man was a good step for her. I do feel compelled to point out that’s a snake-skin print (to keep on theme with her new single Anaconda). Second look: that’s the cheapest looking dress SL has ever put out wow. Couldn’t figure out why Jessie J didn’t run over and help yank that zipper up – that’s not friends.

  • Indigo54

    Help me, Lord. I just can’t stand those bulky seams on the first dress. Looks like they’re hand basted and left that way. Somebody should have to answer for that! Terrible!

  • Fannie Wolston

    never noticed her legs before, really nice legs there. She and all others should retire their twerking skill set, not flattering, sexy or alluring except to maybe hyenas and baboons

  • Ashleigh

    outfit AND wig change? wow