It’s so modern to be naked or almost naked,” said Carolina Herrera, pointing to photos of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Met Gala. “They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No! The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery.”
“They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything,” she added.
Amber Rose stepped out to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and immediately turned heads and sent us back to a time warp into 1998. Amber skipped the pants but made up for it with extra chains when she arrived at the VMAs looking half naked in this Laura Dewitt head-turning, body-baring getup.
We can’t help but be reminded of Rose McGowan’s infamous barely there “dress” that she wore to the 1998 VMAs when she went with Marilyn Manson.Admittedly, Rose’s skimpy ensemble showed more skin than Amber’s. Rose bared her boobs and booty, while Amber is slightly more covered up—relatively speaking.
We think that this calls for a new nickname for the two stars: Amber Rose McGowan.
Now, we’ve gotta ask: Who wore it better?
When Amber Rose stepped out in her chainlink Laurel DeWitt number at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, she joined the ranks of “naked dress”-wearing celebrities. It’s a very particular group of women wearing dresses not just to show off one of their assets (J.Lo’s plunging cleavage in that green gown at the 2000 Grammys? Child’s play…) but all of their bodies at once. Here, we celebrate some of the world’s most fearless female celebs in all their body-baring glory. (WARNING: NSFW!)
Marilyn Monroe at the White House in 1962
The original wearer of the naked dress? Marilyn Monroe. She was known for wearing dresses that made you wonder “am I seeing something I’m not supposed to see?” on several occasions, most notably in Some Like It Hot and when singing Happy Birthday to President Kennedy in 1962.
t’s amazing to think how many people it took to make something so sheer.
You might have to look closely to see this one on your computer screen, but Kelly Brook is definitely going for a topless vibe here.
Successfully going commando is a true science.
Since the whole thing comes with a certain level of risk, a red carpet—where everything from a gust of wind to a unlucky misstep threatens to blow the whole mission—is obviously the ideal place for Hollywood’s bravest celebs to go sans panties. Below, see the bravest, nearly nakedest of them all.
Sheer, Bey! Beyonce ditched her panties while making a quick and speedy appearance as one of the final celebrities to hit the red carpet of the 2014 MTV VMAs held Sunday, Aug. 24, in Inglewood, Calif.
The singer, 32, looked beautiful in a black lace and beaded gown by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran’s fall 2014 collection. The dress featured a sheer panel cut-out on her bodice with geometric lines trailing down her skirt to strategically conceal parts of her body.
Beyonce left her caramel-color hair parted down the center in loose waves and paired her outfit with large Lorraine Schwartz earrings.
Her gown was similar to her 2014 Grammys gown — a white full-length dress by Michael Costello which included floral appliqués that covered her body up in the right spots.
The singer lead the pack of nominees at the annual awards show, chosen in eight separate categories. Beyonce received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Sunday evening from her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy, after she put on a spectacle of a show as part of the 2014 MTV VMAs final act.
If nothing else, 2014 was certainly the year we saw a lot more than we bargained for in terms of celebrity bodies. Cornering the market, of course, was Kim Kardashian, who not only broke the Internet with her shiny butt, but also made it a point to basically show us both bare breasts every time she left the house.
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But she’s not the only one who reached for the naked dress this year: Miley Cyrusstunned in an ultra-revealing Tom Ford number at an AMFAR Gala, Jennifer Lopez, 45, made girls half her age look like nuns at the VMAs, and Rihanna accepted her CFDA Fashion Icon award in a sheer piece of mesh—with nothing underneath.
To see all the (confident) ladies who walked the red carpet wearing very little in 2014, read on—and let us know which skimpy look is your favorite, and which were a little too desperate.
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A black-tie charity event is no match for Miley, who attended the AMFAR Inspiration Gala this October in a black Tom Ford bondage-style number that was especially revealing and featured just a few (debatably) well-placed straps. To the 22-year-old’s credit, her punky blonde pixie served her well—this dress would be considered flat-out slutty on starlets with long flowing waves.
Willis stunned when she showed up to the Elle Women in Music event in April in this dress—which technically was a two-piece outfit—designed by Franziska Fox.The getup featured a series of revealing thigh cutouts that climbed so high, Willis’ hot pink underwear was visible. We’re assuming that was on purpose, but one never knows in Hollywood, land of the perpetual wardrobe malfunction.
All eyes in the fashion community were on Rihanna as she accepted the Fashion Icon Award at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in June, but clearly the pop superstar wanted to ensure the world’s eyes would be too, thanks to a shockingly slinky embellished Adam Selman gown that was totally see-through. Yes people, we’re talking boobs and butt. Did you expect anything less from the woman who was banned from Instagram for refusing to stop showing her nipples?
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The 19-year-old model hosted Canada’s MuchMusic Awards in June and walked the red carpet in a daring Fausto Puglisi number with two side slits up to her waist, revealing her sharp pelvic bones. Angelina who?
Who? Nope, this dress still didn’t make us pay attention to this lady. (FYI, she’s an “international recording artist and actress.”
There’s not much to say about this silver thing by Laurel DeWitt, except that Amber certainly wasn’t about to upstaged by Kim Kardashian‘s boobs, J. Lo’s body, or anything else at the VMAs.
We think “whoa!” is the only appropriate exclamation after seeing the “Real Housewife of Miami” cast member in this black number with insanely revealing sheer panels, which she wore to a pre-Grammy party in January, and proudly posed for (probably eager) photographers.
Kim wore a number of outfits in 2014 that can be classified as naked, but at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, she left little to the imagination in a latex and sheer gown.
Leave it to the Danity Kane member to walk a red carpet in this. Oh, and there’s body glitter.
Paris turned heads in this black gown with not-so-strategic sheer panels, which she wore to a pre-Gammy party in January. She also confused us with her choice of hairstyle.
The actress flaunted her flawless physique at the “Divergent” premiere in March.
If anyone can pull off this Alexandre Vaulthier gown, it’s supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio. The bombshell wore the daring dress to the ACRIA’s 19th Annual Holiday Dinner on December 11.
J.Lo wowed in a silver cutout gown by Lebanese designer Charbel Zoe at the VMAs and it’s safe to say that she rocked it. Whether the dress is truly stylish or not isn’t the issue: On J.Lo’s killer body (she’s 45 years old, people) it looked pretty banging.
The supermodel basically wore black underwear and a little Burberry lace to the GQ Men of the Year awards in September.
This year may have been all about her ass, but Nicki didn’t have any problem showing off her boobs, either.
One way for a former sitcom actress to make headlines? Wear this dress, like the former “Boy Meets World” star did in April.