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Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly see any more of Lady Gaga, she proves us wrong.  If only that pizza were 20 pounds of raw meat she could whip herself up a really nice dress.  Where’s a ribeye when you need one?  Her Ladyship will no doubt be surprised that, as in most aspects of her career, she’s not the first.  Ladies have been letting it all hang out since Venus of Willendorf times.  

Here are our favorite nip slips of Art History, plus names inspired by celebrity wardrobe malfunctions.


Superboob ‘04

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Melun Diptych by Jean Fouquet at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (left), and Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl (right).

During the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson mirrored the Melun Diptych, bondage corset and all.  J-Tim stands in for the baby Jesus.  This boob flash happened so suddenly it “slipped” right past the censors, spawning a culture war with the FCC, and outraging millions of prudish sports fans who tuned in to see 3+ hours of sweaty men writhing on top of each other, not a half-second of exposed areola! 


As Good as it Gets

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Bacchus by Peter Paul Rubens at The State Hermitage Museum (left), and Jack Nicholson boating in the South of France (right).

Jack Nicholson shows he can still party like Bacchus, trading in the wine glass for a plus size sub and acquiring the rack to prove it.  This photo attracted some attention on the DailyMail in 2008, in the wake of a Judge overturning the conviction of a man who secretly filmed male breasts at a public pool. Apparently only female breasts can be sexually fetishized, says UK law.


“That’s all of Tara you’ll ever get!”

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Girl with a White Dog by Lucian Freud at the Tate Modern (left), Tara Reid on the red carpet of P. Diddy’s birthday bash, 2004 (right).

2004 was the year that kept on giving.  Tara Reid’s strap was gone with the wind on the red carpet of P. Diddy’s birthday party that year.  Poor Tara continued to pose for the paparazzi, supposedly unaware that her left breast was attracting more viewers than American Pie 2.  She gets a pass for this one.  If you can’t bring out the twins at Diddy’s party, when can you?


Heigl Beams

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Venus and Cupid by Peter Paul Rubens at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (left), and Katherine Heigl at the ShoWest Awards, 2010 (right).

Katherine Heigl got more than she bargained for accepting an award for Female Star of the Year in 2010, but she loses no role model points as she modestly cloaks her nudity with her classical drapery, a la this Venus by Peter Paul Rubens.  


Liz and Nip

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Death of Cleopatra by Guido Reni at the New Palace Potsdam (left), and Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor (right).

If there’s one thing Lindsay’s good at it’s overexposure.  The tabloids lit up over this wardrobe malfunction during an alleged public episode.  Turned out she was shooting a scene on the set of Lifetime’s Liz and Dick (2012), in costume (or out of it would appear) as Elizabeth Taylor.  Lindsay’s nipple channels Cleopatra, one of Taylor’s most iconic roles.  That’s just 3 cup sizes of separation from Cleopatra to Lindsay Lohan.


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By: Griff Stecyk

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