There was once a time when Britney showing up at the VMAs with a snake around her neck was iconic. These days, Gaga incubates on the ride over and Katy Perry tries her hardest to look like a male nutcracker, all in the name of maintaining their standard. The concept of what it means to look famous has changed so entirely that a former sex symbol like Britney is a stranger to the party, as the clumsy awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Award at last night's VMAs made clear. To examine how the reign of the Britneys fell apart, walk with us, fashion babies, as we take a brief tour through the dimming of our hearts.
A yellow head cube is about as willful as a swan dress, but there's no way Katy Perry's Saturday night ensemble will get anything close to the concerted mockery turned on Bjork after the Oscars a mere ten years ago.
Madonna's 1993 VMA tuxedo seems awfully low-concept next to Gaga's alter-ego from Saturday's show, Jo Calderone. Oh you're wearing a top hat, Madonna? GAGA IS TALKING LIKE A MAN AND WON'T EVER STOP.
Nikki Minaj is almost a direct copy of Lil' Kim, but whereas Kim's signature VMA getup from 1999 was an attempt at looking sexy, Minaj's last night was a stab at...sick homeless clown? Yep. Sick homeless clown.