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The 20 Best and Worst Celebrity Looks at the MTV VMAs

RiFF RAFF and Katy Perry

"I love that RiFF RAFF and Katy Perry went to the VMAs dressed as JT and Britney c. 2001. That said, Riffy's ring that looks like a fetus is really tweaking me out. Ditto for Katy's really long thumbnail." -- Abby

"I appreciated that they did this as well because it's just the stupid VMAs. Aren't you always sort of embarrassed for people who take an award show targeted at 13-year-olds seriously and show up in couture? My only issue with this was that RiFF RAFF also had a denim cowboy hat, a la Justin, and just held it dumbly when they first got on the red carpet in what was likely a compromise with a frozen-smiled stylist. He would not wear the hat, but, FINE, he will hold it. Then the hat just disappeared. You know there was an issue with the hat." --Elizabeth 


"This is a pretty dress but feels a little 'same old/same old' to me. I like that she kept her makeup pretty au naturel though." -- Abby

"I like that the lacy part kind of looks like black seaweed." -- Elizabeth

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Taylor Swift

"While the VMAs are basically the Halloween of awards shows and celebrities know to wear really fugly stuff, that still doesn't give Taylor a pass for this weird romper/leotard thing. She looks like she's going to a gymnastics competition sponsored by Nickelodeon." -- Abby

"At first I didn't mind this, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked it. I think what threw me off most about it was the fact that its sleeves are long and the neckline is so high. And, pretty much always, you're going to have a whisper of camel toe or some such crotch situation going on when you wear tighter playsuit things. No matter what. I guess my response to this outfit is "Vdcsqg, sqgs, gsvcd." -- Elizabeth

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Nicki Minaj

"I love the bobbed hair on Nicki and that she's sticking with the toned down makeup. The dress is fine -- not super exciting but totally fine." -- Abby

"I have never met a nude stacked heel I liked or think looks chic, but the rest of this is yes, yes and yes." -- Elizabeth

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Miley Cyrus

"The fit of this bandeau-pants combo is just so frickin' weird. The top looks like it has extra material on the bottom that just shouldn't be there and the baggy, harem pant-like pockets are weird." -- Abby

"People were raving about this on Twitter last night but no. No! I guess I kind of appreciate the overall Z Cavaricci playful fugness of it all, but I wanted this to be a single jump suit, not a weird bandeau top (I agree that it looks extra weird, Abby) thing plus pants. And those shoes are not doing it for me, either." --Elizabeth

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Iggy Azalea

"This is what 2002 imagined the future would look like." -- Abby

"I like the vague Art Deco-ness/alien priestess vibe of it all. But that hair. It's just...wet? It's wet hair? And it's chic? To me, it just looks like "hanging at the snack bar at the public pool in a bitchy Body Glove one-piece, talking to Cody." But Cody was hot, so I guess the slicked-back look has its merits. -- Elizabeth

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Ariana Grande

"The streetwalker boots are a really classy touch, no?" -- Abby

"Aww, baby's first leather thigh-high stilettos." -- Elizabeth

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Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner

"Kendall: B+, Kim: B-, Kylie: D." -- Abby

"I liked that Kim stood head-on with her arms to side. It's the new Paris hand-on-cocked-hip. And her boobs didn't move once. No jiggle, no nothing. They are spectacular cartoons." --Elizabeth

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Solange Knowles

"I bet these looked pretty smokin' in person but this photo makes the pajama cut of this suit just look sloppy. But bonus points for Solange's red feathery-y fake eyelashes." -- Abby

"Oh, I liked this. She looks like a cool, '70s milky way." --Elizabeth

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Jennifer Lopez

"This year, J. Lo decided to surprise us and wear something totally unexpected. Just kidding!" -- Abby

"This is definitely what a 45-year-old woman envisions teenagers today might think looks cool." -- Elizabeth

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"Eh...okay. I'll take it." -- Abby

"Nice dress, but dumb hair. This could have been so pretty. I am turning into my mother." --Elizabeth

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Charli XCX

"This is very 'Fran Fine'-chic." -- Abby

"The shoes are stupid, but I like everything else." -- Elizabeth

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Gwen Stefani

"Now this is a VMAs lewk." -- Abby

"She looks like a million damn dollars. She's just a girl in the world." --Elizabeth

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Jessie J

"I'm really not vibing with the draping of the dress but as for hair and makeup, I think this is the best Jessie's ever looked." -- Abby

"Why is a Jessie J?" --Elizabeth

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Amber Rose

"Two words: Subtle Elegance." -- Abby

"The dress J.Lo didn't have the guts to wear." --Elizabeth

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Demi Lovato

"Not loving this. The dress is flattering but looks very 'Kris Jenner Kouture' to me and the shaved side of the head looks dated." -- Abby

"I agree that everyone needs to pack up their shaved-head looks and toss them out the nearest window but I thought the color and cut of this dress looked great on her." -- Elizabeth

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Jordin Sparks

"The dress' material -- which looks like cotton? -- combined with the zipper makes this look like something you'd find in a fancy Equinox gym pro shop." -- Abby

"Yeah, this was maybe not the greatest material for a dress." --Elizabeth

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Rita Ora

"Rita looks like someone who lives in Hugh Hefner's grotto." -- Abby

"Again with this wet hair/slicked back foolery. I liked this dress on her. It' s way too revealing and fun and skimpy. Who cares, so what?" --Elizabeth

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Ireland Baldwin and Angel Haze

"Angel looks cute and I like that she didn't compromise her style at all. Ireland looks pretty but she's spilling out of her dress! And no me gusta the leather fringe on her skirt." -- Abby

"Everyone looks fine. I agree that Ireland's dress is not the most flattering cut and the shoes are wrong, wrong, wrong, but that's fine." -- Elizabeth

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Fifth Harmony

"This is what happens when marketing executives google 'Girl + Group.'" -- Abby

"Still, I like it. They're not trying to be anyone except for Fifth Harmony AND En Vogue AND Danity Kane AND a cool girl who works at Deb. Stay true to yourselves, Fifth Harmony." -- Elizabeth 

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