Wardrobe malfunctions seem to happen all the time with celebrities which makes me wonder how many are broken straps, how many are poorly designed clothes and how many are intentional mishaps to get the attention without appearing to.
Doing porn would be frowned at as would posed pictures showing the person’s very impressive assets. But wardrobe malfunctions are unavoidable. Aren’t they? Remember Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian made careers and fortunes out of “leaked” sex tapes.
A wardrobe malfunction is accidental exposure of a person’s intimate parts due to a temporary failure of clothing to do its job. It is different from indecent exposure or flashing, as the latter are deliberate, although some “malfunctions” are alleged to have been planned.
There has been a long history of such incidents, though the term itself was only coined in the mid-2000s and has become one of the most common fashion faux pas. Justin Timberlake first used the term referring to the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, issuing a scripted apology at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
The phrase “wardrobe malfunction” has since been used by the media to refer to the incident and has entered pop culture.