Janet Jackson’s boob was on live TV! Who can forget that time when, during the Superbowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s duet took a turn for the scandalous? In that now infamous incident, Timberlake grabbed part of Jackson’s outfit and tore away a key piece of clothing, exposing her pierced nipple to millions of viewers. Folks who had been recording the show proudly displayed it back to their friends who had missed it, and many a rewind button was worn out in the process.
Whether the incident was an accident or a publicity stunt was the subject of much debate, and for many, the issue still hasn’t been put to rest. The spectacle was dubbed “Nipplegate,” and the term “wardrobe malfunction” was forever added to the American lexicon.
In the intervening years between then and now, wardrobe malfunctions don’t garner quite as much attention, and the scandal they elicit isn’t quite what it was in 2004. But with cameras rolling 24/7, and with actors’ and performers’ outfits increasing scanty, these malfunctions are bound to happen from time to time. And someone will always be there to snatch up video of the incident before the parties in question can pretend it never happened.
Sometimes the malfunction is just a matter of an embarrassing broken dress strap or a bit of underwear showing. Other times, like the famous Superbowl Halftime incident, audiences get a look at a whole lot more than they expected, if not secretly hoped for. From Emma Roberts’ mostly innocuous rebellious sleeve to Camila Mendes’s strategically split pants – which she shared willingly with the world – these are some of the moments when a star’s outfit refused to behave, and gave the world a glimpse into the difficult world of celebrity fashion, as well as an unintended glimpse of a bit of flesh.
Megan McKenna’s career started in reality TV, so you’d think she’d be used to live’s little unscripted moments. (That is, of course, if the reality shows themselves weren’t scripted.) McKenna leapfrogged from one reality series to the next, first gaining the spotlight when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. She went on to become a cast member of Ex on the Beach before appearing in season 17 of Celebrity Big Brother. And the list goes on.
Going commando in a mini dress isn’t always the best idea. Photographers got more than the bargained for as McKenna was leaving a Craig David concert at the Electric Ballroom in London. A sudden gust of wind lifted her skirt and gave everyone front-row seats to the reality star’s bare butt. In a tweet about her evening out, she didn’t acknowledge the mishap, simply writing, “Amazing night @CraigDavid last night but there’s no rest for blessed as I’m back at @ltv working on a top-secret project. Yay! Exciting!”