8 most controversial celebrity outfits of 2022: from Kanye West’s ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt and Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe Met Gala dress, to Dua Lipa’s sheer fashion and Bella Hadid’s corset
From Ye’s “White Lives Matter” shirts to Dua Lipa’s sheer, white dress for her friend’s wedding, here are the biggest controversial – and sometimes even offensive – celebrity fashion choices of 2022.
1. Kim Kardashian
Others, however, took issue with Kardashian revealing that she lost 7kg (16 pounds) in three weeks to fit into the dress. Even dietitians said her method was dangerous and could promote unhealthy body standards.
The controversy continued when Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the museum franchise that lent the dress to Kardashian, posted a behind-the-scenes video of her trying the dress on. She wore gloves while touching the dress – something she didn’t do on the red carpet – and was also gifted a lock of Monroe’s hair.
2. Bella Hadid
During a discussion with Interview Magazine in May, Hadid told editor-in-chief Mel Ottenberg that after appearing on the red carpet, she “literally like, blacked out”. “I don’t know if that was my anxiety, or maybe the waist was giving cinch and I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I mean, there were probably a lot of things happening.”
After some expressed concern for Hadid and spoke out against corsets as a fashion trend, the model clarified her comment via an Instagram Story. “I want to make something very clear … This is not at all what I [meant to] say,” she wrote. “I didn’t say I blacked out because of my corset. I joked that I blacked out, not because of my corset, but from the regular anxieties and excitement of the carpet. I meant more like it goes by in a flash. So quickly that ya barely remember it! I should have said that.”
3. Julia Fox
In May, the 32-year-old actress was photographed outside a grocery store in Los Angeles, California, wearing a black-and-white underwear set. She also sported heeled denim boots, a purse crafted from jeans, and a denim blazer worn loosely on top.
Her outfit was quickly turned into a meme and was widely discussed online. But Fox stood by her fashion choice on Instagram. “I just think if it’s socially acceptable at the beach it should be the same everywhere lol,” she wrote on her Instagram Story.
4. Megan Fox
She also included a screenshot of a text she sent to her stylist about the outfit. Her text said: “Was this blue outfit expensive because we just cut a hole in the crotch so we could have sex.” TMI, much?
5. Kendall Jenner
In an Instagram video posted by her sister Kylie Jenner during the wedding, Kendall is seen struggling to walk up steps in her baby-pink Dolce & Gabbana gown. It was sleeveless, form-fitting and snug around her legs, making it difficult for her to walk.
“Are you OK? Oh s***, these stairs are crazy,” Kylie can be heard saying in her video – which has been reposted by fans – while her sister takes large steps from side to side.
The clip quickly went viral, with people saying that Kendall should have chosen a different dress and that Kylie humiliated her sister with the video.
6. Kim Kardashian (again)
Kardashian also had a difficult fashion moment in September as the result of a form-fitting dress.
In a video posted to TikTok by Kardashian’s friend Stephanie Shepherd, you can see the reality TV star struggling to walk up a set of stairs in the sparkling gown she changed into.
It was so tight that she had to hop up some stairs and slowly climb others. She also couldn’t get into a car on her own while wearing the gown, as seen in the TikTok video. Many fans acknowledged that Kardashian looked great in the silver gown, but also said the lengths she went to wear it were ridiculous.
7. Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa, 27, looked incredible at a friend’s wedding this August, but some took issue with her sheer, white dress.
Lipa was in France for the wedding of designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and his now-husband Marco Maestri.
For the occasion, the singer wore one of Jacquemus’ daring designs: a short-sleeved gown made from white fabric with a few flower tassels hanging from the front of the dress. It also had a thigh-high slit and a sheer skirt, revealing her white underwear and matching halter bra.
Many fans loved her dress, but others argued that it wasn’t appropriate wedding-guest attire, as white gowns and outfits are typically reserved for the people getting married.
8. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West
He wore the offensive shirt for his Yeezy fashion show in early October, during which he gave a speech and showed his Season 9 fashion collection.
Days later, he was interviewed by Fox News and said he thought the shirt was “funny” and that he had a “gut instinct” to wear it. He also said his “connection with God” and his “brilliance” inspired the choice.
- Kylie Jenner posted a TikTok video of sister Kendall Jenner struggling to walk up stairs in a tight Dolce & Gabbana dress at Kourtney Kardashian’s wedding in May
- Kim K sparked backlash for wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic ‘Happy Birthday’ gown at the Met Gala, while Julia Fox confidently strolled into a supermarket in her underwear