The winner of 2011's outfit shock category is:
Nicki Minaj's MTV Music Video Awards circus style outfit
Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of time for Nicki Minaj, how can you not respect a woman who is so motivated with a policy of, 'Refuse to lose. Refuse to be defeated. Refuse to regret. Will you accomplish your goal or pretend your life is changing when you know it's not? A wonderful world awaits you.' In many ways her 'I don't give a fuck what you think about me and what I do' attitude is inspirational and this can be seen in this brave outfit choice. It is a shame that the statement piece went so wrong.
Nicki, like her personality, has an upfront, fearless and colourful dress sense. Sometimes this results in outrageously wonderful outfits that push the boundaries of fashion, for example her fitted, cat woman style jumpsuits and other times it results in a wardrobe suicide like this.
It seems as though Nicki has taken trying to compete with Lady Gaga for the title of Queen of bizarre style a step too far. The original bodice of the piece, reminiscent of Gaga's disco ball dress would have been considered both edgy and chic if it was teamed with simple accessories. However Minaj ruins the outfit with her baby toy add ons. It looks as if she decided to pop into Toys 'R' Us on the way to the show and has left with half the under 5's department attached to her dress.
There is just too much going on with the outfit at once, from the candy floss hair to the risqué bodice and kids department toys. As sad as I am to say it Minaj looks like a circus performer and 2011 could have done without this outfit eyesore.