04/11/2012 07:54 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And More: Style Icons Or PR Stunts? (PHOTOS)

Style risks used to be a jaw-dropping display of personal style. Cher in dramatic Bob Mackie at the 1986 Academy Awards and Madonna in a wedding dress gyrating on the floor at the 1984 MTV VMAs were revolutionary. We may have laughed at the time, but those are the looks that stick out in our minds, so much more than the milquetoast mermaid gowns that are so popular now.

These days it seems like everyone is fighting for the spotlight, and it's not just their talent that's taking center stage. Whether it's Nicki Minaj in a religious habit (with a Pope on her arm, no less) or Lady Gaga in a meat dress, it seems each pop star is trying to one-up the last. We've gathered up 28 examples of celebrities in remarkable looks and we want to know: are they style icons or just desperate for attention?

PR Stunt or Fashion Icon

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