Kelly Rowland apparently experienced a wardrobe malfunction over the weekend while performing at a gig in West Orange, N.J.
Zap 2 It, among other outlets, reported the highly important news that Rowland inadvertently exposed both of her breasts when the bra-like top she was wearing slid up a little higher than the singer presumably intended. Given the number of photos of the incident posted on the Daily Mail (and no, I am not going to link to the semi-nudity since this is still trying to be a classy Web site and you all know how to use the Internet), it appears the exposure lasted for at least a couple of seconds.
Rowland had a good sense of humor about the whole thing; she subsequently tweeted: “New Jersey crowd was amazing!! hope you enjoyed the show and didnt mind the peekaboo LOL!!!” #kanyeshrug #stuffhappens.”
Now, why is this news, you may ask? Well, frankly, it isn’t. But given the recent accidental breast exposure by Nicki Minaj on “Good Morning America” and Khloe Kardashian during a Fox News interview, I have to raise a question: Is it so hard for famous women to dress themselves?
Even when Janet Jackson famously exposed herself during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, it wasn’t technically her fault — Justin Timberlake was the one who ripped that crucial, FCC-controversy-generating piece of leather off of her costume.
I don’t mean to suggest that Rowland, Minaj or Kardashian set out to purposely flash an unsuspecting public. But how difficult is it to wear something in which one’s goodies are clearly covered and secure? Millions of women do it every day. And if those women were asked the following question in a survey — “If and when you make a public appearance, would you be extra careful to make sure your chest remains unexposed?” — I am fairly certain that the vast majority of answers would imply extreme vigilance in this arena.
Look, accidents happen. I get that, and I am sympathetic to any fellow female who accidentally shares a part of herself she didn’t mean to share, especially when paparazzi are there to capture every pore on her exposed skin for the consumption of the online, photo-enlarging masses. But this is why halter tops must be tested before one goes onstage. This is why, generally, one should wear non-sheer fabric around one’s chestal region when appearing on “Fox and Friends.” This is why, hey, I don’t know, maybe it’s a good idea to wear a top with a good old-fashioned crew neck once in a while.
Because, as the old adage goes, there’s no such thing as a wardrobe malfunction when one’s wardrobe functions properly.
Fine, that’s not really an old adage. But it ought to be. And every celebrity should probably take heed.