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Seven types of celebrity wardrobe malfunctions

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In Hollywood it seems you’re nobody until you’ve had a wardrobe malfunction. Just ask Brandi Glanville, whose drunken revelry made her somewhat oblivious to the fact that she’d exposed herself to lurking photographers. Getting an accidental glimpse of celebs’ private parts obviously makes a paparazzo’s job that much more interesting. But at times, these “oops” moments seem so perfectly timed that you wonder whether they were planned. In any case, there are several different types of wardrobe malfunctions. They usually fit into one of the following seven categories…

The Panty Peek
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The Panty Peek

There’s a grade-school skeeviness about grown-ups peering up the skirts of other grown-ups.  However, catching a celebrity’s unmentionables on camera as they are exiting and entering vehicles has become a paparazzi sport.   Once considered a natural mistake, it quickly became a “trend” as more and more celebs were snapped in this compromising position.   Amazingly, even though women have figured out how to avoid revealing their goodies, they’re still getting caught out there.  Britney Spears is amongst the clique of celebutantes that made the “panty peek” (or panty-free peek) a hot commodity.

The "Publicity Stunt"
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The "Publicity Stunt"

Although these incidents are usually dubbed “unfortunate accidents”, their brazenness makes us believe they’ve been staged for publicity.    For instance, Adrienne Bailon knew she was taking a risk by wearing this daring little ensemble.   The bizarro pouf of fabric was intended to be a “skirt.”   A gust of wind killed that notion, exposing all of her nether-parts beneath the sheer underlay.    But an even bigger example is made with the Nipplegate scandal involving Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s infamous Superbowl performance.    While the world grappled with seeing Janet’s exposed body jewelry, the FCC started increasing its fines for indecency violations.  The trickle down effect however, only seemed to affect Janet.  She was banned from the Grammys.  Justin performed, and then took two Grammys home. 

The Freak of Nature
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The Freak of Nature

Sometimes clothes simply don’t do what they’re supposed to.  Every once in a while, the perfectly superfluous wardrobe malfunction will pop up.    The broken zipper for instance, has caused more stress than some stars care to mention.  Just ask Elizabeth Banks who posed gracefully at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.  Sofia Vergara’s busted zipper on her green Emmys dress caused such a ruckus that it was even spoofed on “Ellen.”

Headlights and High Beams
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Headlights and High Beams

Ladies never really bargain on how bright those red carpet lights really are.   With their apparel already pushing the envelope, donning something semi-sheer is like taking an X-ray.   Some victims of this popular fashion mishap are Nicole Scherzinger, Hayden Panetierre, and Lisa Rinna.

Beachy Blunders
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Beachy Blunders

The beach is the perfect place for wardrobe malfunctions.  The combination of sand, sea, and skimpy beach gear makes catching the occasional slip-up a piece of cake.   It’s the kind of thing that happens to all of us, but only becomes moderately interesting when it happens to celebrities.  As such, they are considered some of Hollywood’s most authentic wardrobe malfunctions.    Paparazzi on steady patrol are likely to capture stars made topless by the waves, random nip-slips, sea spillage, and saggy bottoms amongst a host of other beachy faux pas.  "Cougar Town" actress Courteney Cox and her beau Josh Hopkins' swimsuits took a pretty good beating on a recent vacation.

Peek-a-Boobies
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Peek-a-Boobies

This malfunction is interesting, as determining whether they’re purely accidental – or accidentally “on purpose” -- is virtually impossible.   This is because some celebrities seem to encounter the same wardrobe issues again and again.   We were forgiving when Nicki Minaj had a “nip-slip” during a performance on “Good Morning America” in 2011.  But when it happened twice more in 2012, we started wondering if something was up.  We might say that Minaj merely has a problem keeping her 'ta-tas' under wraps.  Or she just might be trying to keep things interesting.   An honorable mention goes out to Anne Hathaway, who always seems to be front and center (bad pun intended) of a breast-related malfunction.

“The Marilyn”
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“The Marilyn”

This amusing little incident occurs sporadically on the random windy day.   Immediate images of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene in “The Seven Year Itch” come to mind.   The extent of the malfunction is typically proportionate to the length of the skirt.  Case in point: Paris Hilton, whose barely-there skirt threatened to expose her tush even without a gust of wind.  Plenty of others have fallen prey to “The Marilyn” – the short list: Paula Abdul, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Reese Witherspoon to name a few.

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