Kids’ Choice Awards Fug Carpet: Katy Perry


I was originally going to put this up to a vote. Then I was going to UnFug it. Can you tell that I have mixed feelings about it?

Here’s why: the pattern is cute, and I think she is pulling it off, essentially. However, this whole Bra Top look that designers have been pushing for the last year or so really irks me. 90% of women are not going to wear this, ever. Even if you look fantastic in a Bra Top, many many women have nowhere to wear one — you can’t wear it to 90% of workplaces, at least. And even if you have somewhere to wear it, and look fantastic in it, the likelihood is that you’re going to put it on, then look at it and think, “this is INSANE. I feel totally self-conscious in this. I am not wearing a bra top anywhere but the gym.” So while I kind of applaud Katy Perry for managing to wear a formal patterned sports bra without looking totally bonkerstown, the very fact that there EXISTS a formal patterned sports bra makes me kinda stabby.

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. qwertygirl
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    I am disturbed that her groin and her knees are WATCHING me.

  2. AM
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    Kids, as in children, as in under 18, Choice Award, doesn’t strike my as a place (not that there is a better place) to go in a bra with no shirt!

    • Tiffany
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      I agree. I find it really disturbing when stars show lots of T&A at events for 10 year olds. When you are going to a club, fine, but I feel like this venue is really the wrong place for it.

      • Esme
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        I don’t see all that much T&A in this picture, and I doubt any kid, no matter how old, is going to be debauched by seeing someone in what is essentially a bathing suit.

        • qwertygirl
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          I would assert that it’s not a question of wether or not the kid has seen a bathing suit (of course most–if not all–of them have) but the circumstances under which said bathing suit is being worn. At the beach? Sure, appropriate. At a televsion awards show? No. And these kids are at an impresisonable age and can’t understand that Katy Perry in this outfit = an eye roll that this is the sort of thing that OF COURSE Katy Perry would wear to something like this, but that their own 12 year old self trying to wear something like this to the mall = Girl Sending the Wrong Message. “If Katy Perry can go on national television in a bikini top, why can’t I go to the mall in one??” Because you’ll look like a slut, that’s why.

          • Jessica
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            DUDE. No calling anyone a slut. It’s a freaking Herve Leger crop top.

            • qwertygirl
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              Sorry–I didn’t mean that Katy Perry looked like a slut. I meant that a twelve year old girl in a similar outfit would be perceived differently than KP in the same attire, but that the distinction would be unclear to her (the 12 year old, not Katy).

              • Christine
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                I think you make a great point qwertygirl! Thanks for elaborating because your explanation definitely made your point clearer and I wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise – but that’s very important. 12 year old girls definitely don’t have the ability to know why something is “ok” for Katy Perry but not necessarily ok in day-to-day reality.

            • qwertygirl
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              No, I didn’t mean Katy Perry looked like a slut. I meant that a 12 year old girl would look at Katy Perry–someone she may very well admire–and think, “Katy’s wearing that–I want to wear that!” (how many of those rubber Madonna bracelets did we wear in high school?). But a 12 year old girl in an outfit like this would be perceived FAR differently than an adult pop star. And the 12 year old girl doesn’t understand why that would be the case. As the mother of a daughter, and a former teenage girl, I know that the kid ain’t going to get why it’s OK for Katy, but not OK for them/me/her. That’s all I meant. KP looks great, a 12 year old would look sleazy/easy/sending the wrong message. The “Because you’ll look like a slut, that’s why,” is what my mom would have said to me (perhaps I should have put it in quotes).

        • Tiffany
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          If you aren’t seeing the T in this picture, then it hasn’t fully loaded yet.

    • junaitatres
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      Thank you. Call me old-fashioned, but I think this is wildly inappropriate for a kids event.

      • Sajorina
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        I’m sorry, but 10 year olds are not teens and shouldn’t even be watching this award show! There’s PG-13 for a reason!

        • Sajorina
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          Sorry, this is the KIDS’ Choice Awards not the TEEN Choice Awards, in which case YES, it is totally inappropriate!

          • Lizzy
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            Nickelodeon is a show for kids, including 10 year olds.
            She’s inappropriately dressed, but KP also showed cleavage when appearing on Sesame street, so she long ago made the decision that her trademark look-at-my-boobs look trumped all other considerations. **sigh in disgust**

    • A.J.
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      My 8-year-old said, “What is she wearing?” when she saw this when we watched the kids’ choice awards. To which I said, “It’s Katy Perry, sweetie, she wears insane clothes.”

      Also, my 12-year-old said, about one of the actresses accepting an award, “Her skirt’s too short.” Aww! So proud! (And think like that FOREVER. LOL.)

  3. Gine
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    This would be so cute as a dress. The thing about the bra top look is that it’s so AWKWARD. Even if you have an amazing figure, which she does, it just cuts off at an unflattering place and looks weird.

    • Art Eclectic
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      I know! I looked at this and thought – how cute would that be as a dress? And CERTAINLY more appropriate for the event.

      • Bambi Anne Dear
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        Agree, One well-fitted dress. So much more classy than this trashy BBQ outfit.

  4. RKcool
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    I’m just picturing how this looks when you’re sitting and everything bunches together.

  5. Squirrel!
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    Since this is swimsuit-adjacent, I think it’s an excellent choice in which to get covered with slime.

  6. Alma
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    I too am bothered by what this would look/feel like to sit in. Even on the skinniest person, that skirt would push up the skin on your ribcage and give you a roll. Also, it looks like a bikini top with a skirt which is just crazy

    • Helen
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      Nah, I used to wear midriff tops in my 20s, often with tight pants/shorts, and there was no bunching when I sat. Hey, it was the late ’80s, early ’90s, forgive me… I wasn’t an exercise fiend, just went out dancing every night. That’ll do it.

      But! This IS a swimsuit top with a skirt. And that is wrong.

      I would love the swimsuit, as a swimsuit, with a matching bottom; and I’d like the skirt a lot too, with a simple fitted blouse; but mixing the two, NOooooo.

  7. Tiffany
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    Her face kind of looks like Demi Moore without her lipstick, no?

  8. Erin S
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    I know I’m going to be in the vast minority, but I think this is really cute. My perspective may be particularly skewed… I live on an island and “Island Casual” is an actual type of attire that people put on invitations (I work in event planning), often times in favor of cocktail or business casual. She looks cute, and while it shows some cleavage, she’s not popping out. I think it works!

    • Kristan
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      I don’t live on an island, but I’m with you!

      • Sajorina
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        I live on an island and I’ve never heard the term “Island Casual” before, but if there is such a thing, I don’t know how a bra top with matching pencil skirt would fit into it and be appropriate! I like the outfit, though!

        • Guerra
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          I also live on an island & could wear this to a wedding. & look awesome!! Lol maybe north americans are little more conservative lol but probably not since I saw what most of the child stars are wearing!! :)

  9. e
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    I would love this as a dress, with the midsection intact.

    • cathy
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      agreed, dress would be super cute, and she looks cute, i’m glad she’s over crazy colored hair. she rocks jet black hair and she should stick to it

  10. Bella
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    Totally inappropriate for a kid’s show. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  11. amy
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    If it JUST connected to the SKIRT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE UGH I AM CAPSY FOR A REASON

  12. linda
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    I’m just happy with her hair color.

  13. Blair's Head Band
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    Lipstick, please. LIPSTICK.

    Otherwise, I think I really like this because (A) it suits her figure (B) it’s so much better than some of her Fug Madness items I just scanned through pre-vote.

    • Edith
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      LIIIIIIIPSTIIIIIIIICK! She looks consumptive, and it’s only because her nude lips and sloppy eyes. If this were a dress it would be awesome. As an outfit for Katy Perry, it’s still pretty awesome. And it’s worlds better than what she wore last year

  14. Katie
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    I really want her to be wearing that skirt with a white tank top and black leather jacket.

  15. DanerKebab
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    I do appreciate that she let the bra top be the standout in this ensemble — she kept the hair and shoes and whatnot simple. Look at it this way: all other things remaining the same, if it had been a full dress, without all that midriff, it would have been boring. Flattering, but boring.

  16. Sajorina
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    I really like it when she tones it down and looks normal! I like the outfit and think she IS pulling it off! I really enjoy the fabric, so if I saw that bikini top with the matching bikini bottom at a store, I’d be so tempted to buy it for myself!

  17. Joanne
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    I imagine that in the other ten percent of places you can wear this sort of outfit, it’s a. Part of your uniform and the theme of the establishment is Hawaiian with a splash of sexism or b. you model and this is way better than some of the things you’ve been asked to wear. Either way up….NO

  18. ariel
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    yeah…no.

  19. M (@crumbsncashmere)
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    This is pretty demure for her. I like it – it suits her.

  20. remi
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    isn’t this the awards show where people get slimed? In which case, this outfit is perfect.

    If not, to many award shows, I can’t keep track. Then this is just fancy beachwear.

  21. Chris
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    Ugh will you spinsters settle down? So it shows 4 inches of her stomach. It’s not vulgar. Get over it. Nothing you don’t see at any mall by teens and preteens in short tank tops. This isn’t 1957.

    • Cassandra
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      THANK YOU! The slew of “cover up” “modesty” and even “slut” comments are slightly disturbing.

      • Jessica
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        I agree, as I said above. But also not cool: the phrase “you spinsters.” Cut that shit out.

        • Spinster
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          If you’re so sensitive about the word spinster, you might as well disable all commenting now.

  22. lindsay
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    i think she looks awesome and wholeheartedly agree with jessica’s general lament. does that make sense?

    eh – it’s a monday.

  23. Stephanie
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    I guess at 39 I have now hit spinster state… Even though I am married and have teen and elementary age kids … Whatever. I will embrace my spinsterhood if it means not being okay with a bra/ bikini top etc at a KIDS event. It is a matter of event appropriateness for me.

  24. Mary
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    Woa, woa, woa. Can’t wear this at 90% of workplaces? I’m sorry, where do the remaining 10% of workplaces exist that you can wear a bra top to? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that wearing just a BRA to work is unacceptable at 99.99999% of workplaces. Even if you call it a “bra top” which just brings up a whole new slew of issues. Speaking of which, I can’t wait for the point at which someone wears just a thong on the red carpet and calls them “thong pants.” Just add the name of the clothing article that’s supposed to be there at the end of what you’re actually wearing and you’re good to go. Bra top. Thong pants. GENIUS cost-cutting strategy for a girl on a budget!

    We thoroughly cover this topic here: http://www.theclassycubicle.com/2013/03/cubicle-crime-1-cleavage-bra-straps-and.html

    • M (@crumbsncashmere)
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      night club dancers and/or bartenders, and almost any female Disney character impersonator. That should cover 10%, no?

  25. roser
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    OMG, deeply over Katy Perry in all of her versions. I guess trying to hard all the time makes up for the fact that her “music” is not really music at all. That said, this is horrible.

  26. AM
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    You’re right. It’s not 1957. So in what context is it okay to insult a group of women based on their marital status? I am married (like that makes ANY difference). I just don’t think bras/swimming suit tops are outer wear to go out in public in.

  27. blah
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    There’s notthing formal about it, its just a typical sports bra. Seriously, zoom in so you can only see from her head to the waistband of her skirt. Now its not hard at all to imagine she has yoga pants on below.

  28. Leigh
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    Let’s set aside the bra-top for a moment and celebrate her hair.

  29. Vasndalfan
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    No, no, this is cute and fine for Nickelodeon cartoonishness. I’m not appalled; it has a kind of Carmen Miranda over-the-top-ness to it.

  30. Jules
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    I would wear this…
    to the beach…
    under a big sheer or white unbuttoned shirt.

  31. Guerra
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    She looks amazing!!! And to be honest most of the younger actresses are wearing far less!! The bra top works because her skirt is long & high waisted, that 4 inches of midriff is not going to corrupt your children.

  32. ambercat
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    I can’t understand why people called this pattern cute. It looks like vampire bats are guarding her womb cave…