At the 2013 VMA Awards, we saw a teddy bear bustier, a latex bikini, and a suggestively-used foam finger — and that was just on Miley Cyrus!
From revealing red carpet dresses to nearly-naked performance costumes, the stars walked a fine line between fashion-forward and full-out flasher. Many managed to pull off their risqué look, some were guilty of crimes against style, and a few deserved to be arrested for indecent exposure.
Who was on-trend and who looked kinda trashy at the VMAs? Click through the gallery to vote on the night’s most shocking outfits.
Opening the show with a performance of her latest single, “Applause,” Lady Gaga somehow managed to transform from a modest nun to a platinum blond business lady to a bizarro version of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. She then chose to take her seat in the audience still wearing her final look — a seashell bra and thong bikini bottom. Every time the camera panned to her as she leaned back to give Will Smith — who was sitting in the row behind her — a high five, I held my breath in anticipation of a serious wardrobe malfunction. Either she’s got a very thorough bikini waxer or her stylist used industrial strength double-sided tape.