“The Electric Lady” Janelle Monae performed at the Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards in Las Vegas and served some schoolgirl glam in this embellished Fausto Puglisi jacket, which is a surprising alternative to her black-and-white-uniformed swag. With gold jewels adorned on the sleeves and red Tartan print in the front, the jacket has an unabrashed coolness that Janelle pulls off without trying to hard. Her measurements are also accounted for, since the shorter cut of the piece balances out her petite frame. Janelle kept her signature beauty look in tact with a bold red lip and spunky pompadour.
Since she was in Vegas, the ‘fit is clearly appropriate for the occasion and couldn’t be worn as cool off-stage, in my opinion. I’m feeling the rocker ‘tude of it all. But, what do you beauties think? Are you feeling it?
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People spent the majority of Kim's pregnancy body shaming and slamming her fashion choices and when she wore this flowery frock to the punk-themed Met Gala in February, the Internet really let her have it with couch jokes and other jabs. The verdict's still out on whether or not Vogue's Anna Wintour set homegirl up by approving the look, but the website definitely cut her out of the picture and only featured 'Ye.
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3. Miley Cyrus: Tupac/Biggie Dress at EMAs
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4. Trayvon Martin Halloween Costumes
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