By Lewis Thelwell

15th February 2019

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

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.

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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!”

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Jennifer Lopez

J. Lo’s butt is no stranger to the limelight. The singer and actress famously had her posterior insured for an undisclosed amount of money (it was in the millions). The outfits she sports at concerts are usually skin-tight, showing off that killer body and world-renowned rump. Her “All I Have” show in Las Vegas was no exception, as she sported a form-fitting jumpsuit and rocked the stage. The show was reportedly stellar, as always, until…

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J. Lo’s bodysuit split down the middle when she bent over on stage, removing the already nearly-nonexistent layer between her and the rest of the world.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones is the very picture of grace and dignity, even when…

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A potentially crotch-revealing gust of wind lifted her dress at the world premiere of Dad’s Army. Fortunately for Zeta-Jones, she was able to catch it and still pose for the cameras.

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Khloe Kardashian

No list of famous posteriors is complete without mentioning the Kardashian Family.

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Khloe apparently didn’t realize that the camera flashes of the Paparazzi would turn her dress into a see-thru affair.

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Dakota Johnson

The Fifty Shades of Grey star has shown enough skin on film that there’s little left to the imagination.

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Still, it was more than a little embarrassing when Leslie Mann accidentally snagged her dress, threatening to give the audience an encore performance of Fifty Shades.

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Camila Mendes

Camila stars in the fairly tame series Riverdale on the CW.

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MThere was nothing tame, however, about a pair of skin-tight jeans that got stretched beyond their limit. Mendes found the strategic tear so amusing she posted it on Instagram.

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Gigi Hadid

As a model, Gigi Hadid is used to wearing all kinds of crazy costumes with difficult accouterments.

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At the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she was apparently so focused on strutting down the catwalk that she didn’t notice that one of her outfit’s straps had snapped.

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Sarah Hyland

The Modern Family star isn’t embarrassed about showing a little skin on the red carpet.

~ZAt the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she was apparently so focused on strutting down the catwalk that she didn’t notice that one of her outfit’s straps had snapped.,

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What was embarrassing, however, was when her cross-cut dress showed off her Spanx on the red carpet for the 2017 Emmy Awards.

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Hailee Steinfeld

The Pitch Perfect star looks perfect in just about any setting.

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At the 2017 Oscars, she didn’t notice that her floral gown had a tear just above the waistline.

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Bella Hadid

Like her sister, Bella is no stranger to demands of the catwalk.

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During one event she was barely able to keep her composure while she had to hold her dress together to avoid giving everyone an unsolicited crotch shot.

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Ashley Tisdale

Tisdale isn’t shy about her body, but sometimes it pays to cover up.

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Other times, the cover doesn’t pay. Tisdale says her stylist told her not to wear gel petals to the premiere of Mother’s Day, and she quickly regretted not heeding her advice.

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Chloe Grace Moretz

Moretz always appears sweet and dignified despite her young age.

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After an appearance on Watch What Happens Life, Moretz signed autographs for fans despite a tear in the back of her dress.

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Zendaya

The Spider-Man stare is lithe and graceful, even when…

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In 2016 she walked the Radio Disney Music Awards in a pair of six-inch heels that were reportedly not designed to be worn outside. Her stylist had to hold her up because her legs were buckling from the effort of staying upright.

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Lili Reinhart

The Riverdale star doesn’t let the little things get her down.

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At the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, the star’s waistband ripped and had to be stitched back together immediately before walking the carpet. She still managed to pose for photos, even if she did look a little bit caught off guard.

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Emma Roberts

The niece of Julia Roberts can display the same poise as her world-famous aunt.

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There was nothing to be done at the premiere of The Blackcoat’s Daughter when her sleeve tore open and nearly fell off.

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Chrissy Teigen

A good sense of humor is just one of Tiegen’s many charms.

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