The 50 Most Controversial Outfits of All Time

Because no one can wear a dress made entirely of meat and get away with it.

We have celebrities to thank for a lot of major fashion trends, both past and present. But for every "win" in the This Is Going To Be Something People Copy column, there's a handful of bold boundary-pushing looks that miss the mark. Here, 50 star style moments that have inspired debate over the years.

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Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Awards

Gaga's meat ensemble sparked extreme controversy in the animal rights community. "No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal," said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. "Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that's the look they were going for, they achieved it."

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Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl

The infamous half-time moment—which left Janet exposed—sparked a huge controversy, as many people were torn over whether or not the incident was accidental or intentional.

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Lady Gaga at London Fashion Week in 2012

The singer offended many in the Muslim community when she walked down the London runway in a burqa. The Atlantic covered the controversy, calling her outfit choice "cultural thievery."

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Katy Perry at the 2017 Met Gala

Reactions to Katy's dress included phrases like "cringe-worthy," "baffling," and "ludicrous."

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Nas and Kelis at the 2008 Grammy Awards

This sparked a major backlash for pretty obvious reasons.

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Katy Perry Performing at the 2013 AMA's

Katy's AMA received major criticism for wearing a kimono. Some were shocked at the "racist" ensemble, and others were totally unsurprised. One Twitter user wrote, "Loved the cultural authenticity of Katy Perry's #AMAs performance. She nailed the traditionally ignorant costume of a white pop singer." She later apologized.

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Josephine Baker Performing in 1928 at the Theater des Westens in Berlin

In 1928, this costume was extremely controversial, given that it was in such contrast to the outfits women were expected to wear. Some people credit this controversial costume for transforming American culture, saying she "radically redefined notions of race and gender through style and performance in a way that continues to echo throughout fashion and music today, from Prada to Beyoncé."

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Madonna at the 1984 MTV Awards

Before Madonna had really gained her notoriety for testing the limits of fashion, this look for her "Like a Virgin" music video was an extremely hot topic.

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Ryan Reynolds in the 'Green Lantern'

Very few people liked this suit given its "cheap looking CGI and off-putting tone of the color scheme."

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Beyoncé in the video for "Hymn for the Weekend"

Beyoncé and Coldplay set their music video for "Hymn for the Weekend" in India and were accused of cultural appropriation, and criticized for an inaccurate portrayal of the country. One Twitter user wrote in response [sic], "i dont even know what to say about this coldplay video except can white rock bands please stop filming holi videos in india, thank you."

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Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild at the Tequila Casamigos Halloween Party in 2015

Paris and Nicky were slammed for culturally appropriated Halloween costumes.

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Karen Gillan in 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'

When the trailer was released for the upcoming film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, many people were taken aback by Karen's costume. Her costume was criticized for sexualizing the actress: "Maybe part of the plot involves setting the gender equality fight back 20 years?" and for looking like it belonged to a child, "Ruby lost all of her clothing and had to rob a Baby Gap."

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Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1999 Academy Awards

Many people thought this dress was "ill-fitting and overly quixotic." Stacy London conveyed this general opinion when she said, "I hated Gwyneth Paltrow's pink Oscar dress."

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Heidi Klum and Seal at their 2008 Halloween Party

This extremely elaborate Halloween costume was deemed offensive by some.

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Farrah Fawcett at the 2003 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Many people thought this dress was extremely disrespectful, as the American flag is traditionally not supposed to touch the ground. This dress is cited in the article titled, "It's a grand old flag, but it isn't a rag — how about a little respect?"

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Kylie Jenner in 2016

Kylie Jenner was criticized for sporting a du-rag as a fashion accessory.

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Rebel Wilson in 'Pitch Perfect 3'

After the release of the Pitch Perfect 3 trailer, fans were not happy that Wilson was dressed in a different shirt, accusing the movie of size discrimination. One user commented, "Your top should be the same. We all know you are the most delicious chick there."

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Khloe Kardashian in 2014

Khloé's Instagram followers were not happy when she posted this photo with the caption, "Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!" One follower wrote, "My ancestors didn't get their cultures stripped away from them in residential schools and through forced assimilation over the past 500 years for an ignorant bigot to put on a fake headdress that is sacred to the plains tribe."

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Khloé Kardashian in 2015

Khloé Kardashian received major backlash again for posting this picture of herself on Instagram, captioning the photo "Habibi love." One user responded, "Are you really that much of a clueless fool?"

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Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs

Miley Cyrus' performance came under fire when it became clear she didn't get proper licensing from Discount Universe. The brand responded to the performance, "We're obviously distraught."

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KTZ at 2015 Fall Fashion Week

KTZ severely offended the Nunavut family after duplicating one of their sacred garments. "These are sacred images that they are using," said one of the family members. "They are breaking the Inuit sacred laws of duplicating someone else's shaman clothing—for profit of all things."

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Yeezy Season 1

The fashion world was extremely unimpressed with Kanye West's first debut of his fashion line. One Twitter user wrote,"SERIOUSLY!!! 'The Industry' wouldn't give a flying hoot if a new-on-the-block kid did these types of clothes."

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Katy Perry at the 2015 Met Gala

The graffiti featured on this Jeremy Scott gown was accused of plagiarism. NYC street artist Joseph "Rime" Tierney claimed the artwork stole elements from his "Vandal Eyes" mural in Detroit. Tierney's lawsuit read, "Rime is a well-known artist. Defendants Moschino and Jeremy Scott…inexplicably placed Rime's art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent."

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Junya Watanabe at Paris Fashion Week 2015

Watanabe's collection was slammed for featuring traditional African pieces worn by mostly white models. One Twitter user commented, "How does one have a runway show, showcasing African textiles and silhouettes without including anyone of African descent?"

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Prince Harry in 2005

For a "colonials and natives" themed party, Prince Harry chose to dress up as a Nazi, which, as you can see, made front page news.

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Miley Cyrus at the 2015 VMAs

The singer wore a barely-there custom Versace outfit, which shocked and confused many.

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Mariah Carey at the 2014 BET Awards

Mariah received criticism for her extremely low-cut gown, as people feared a slip was inevitable.

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Amber Rose at the 2014 VMAs

Many people were talking about Amber's dress of choice, given how little of it there was.

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Katie Price in March 2013

Katie celebrated the fifth anniversary of her clothing line by dressing up in a costume which was called many things including "bizarre."

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