Wardrobe malfunctions are mostly synonymous with female celebrities. With photographers following them everywhere they go, their so-called wardrobe malfunctions are easily captured on camera. And like everything else that they do, these moments became widely publicized for the whole world to see.
Have you ever heard men ever having one? We are not implying that it does not ever happen but it mostly doesn’t make waves or headlines.
All the stylists and all the designers in the world can’t always protect a celebrity from an outfit mishap! Ariana Grande, Hailee Stanfield, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Anne Hathaway, Bella Hadid, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and many more stars have suffered from nip-slips to butt blunders in the name of red carpet fashion or just some glamorous outing. What we don’t understand is what the whole fuss is about? Everyone has nipples and a big chunk of the population has breasts!
Instead of banking on hits and misses, it should be about a woman getting to be a person in the public sphere without the distraction of her body getting in the way. Well, at least this is how most men get to live, day in and day out.
Nicki Minaj just had a pretty major wardrobe malfunction while performing at the Made In America Festival in Philadelphia on Sunday, when both her breasts popped out of her bra top. ‘But she recovered like a true pro!’ read the headlines. But even the best on the world stage doesn’t matter if you’re a woman and if your wardrobe happens to ‘malfunction’ as the headlines continue to blare; the star/athlete/celebrity is reduced to a pair of breasts and butts.
The only malfunctions here are the media’s treatment of these happenings, whether accidental or planned – the need to be on the top and for their increased viewership they go down exposing the scene, giving out details all in the name news. Equally contributing are the harmful double standards of the society help in spreading such senseless story because of their inquiring minds can’t resist the urge to know, ‘how much?’ and ‘for how long?’. How could we be so hateful to women?
Why only women get trampled in this nightmare? From movies to the runways to promotional events, girls and women have been getting the messages from the earliest age that they are meant to have less fabric than their male counterparts. Wardrobe malfunctions almost never happen to men, and that is because men are afforded more fabric than women and even if they repeat their outfits, nobody gives a damn. Oh, just imagine if Sonam were to repeat her red carpet appearances!
And thus in the huff-puff of fashion and glamour, a mere imbalance in fabric automatically leaves females much more susceptible to the ever viral ‘wardrobe malfunction.’ But we would say, it is not only because the women’s clothes are more likely to malfunction because even in the rare instance where a man’s outfit goes through a mishap, no one really cares. Ha! Thus proving that women are given a soulful attention only when it comes to their bodies. Only if the same attention was given to what they said.
Not just the celebrities, but we normally face these malfunctions in our day to day life and we all know the taste of dreadfulness and fear of getting caught. Scary, right? Now just imagine how would you feel if you really got caught in front of thousands of cameramen and crowd eager to spread it to the whole world?
It is high time we stop featuring these wardrobe malfunctions as scandals and if we really believe in treating women with respect, let’s avoid the outlets that promote it. If there is a nip slip and you clicked on that story, there is probably a malfunction in your head.