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Nicki Minaj’s Idol Outfit Sparks Criticism

April 18, 2013 10:22 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Nicki Minaj’s harsh critiquing of various American Idol contestants often angers longtime fans of the show. But this time, the rapper-singer is attracting controversy for a completely different reason — her wardrobe! While Nicki’s fashion choices have always been a bit out there, a recent cleavage-bearing ensemble has critics once again wondering whether the judge is appropriate for the panel on a supposedly family-friendly show.

Always a prime target for the fashion police, Nicki Minaj is once again attracting criticism for the way she dresses on American Idol. The latest outfit to create such heated controversy? A low-cut red dress that showed off plenty of cleavage. No, cleavage is not particularly unusual for Nicki, who always likes to push the boundaries by showing lots of skin and keeping what clothing she does wear super colorful. But this outfit was not worn at a concert performance or even on the red carpet at an awards show. Nicki wore her low-cut red dress while sitting on the judging panel for American Idol, which, as critics point out, is supposed to be a family-friendly show. Of course, as Nicki’s defenders have noted, Mariah has worn her fair share of revealing outfits as well, but rarely has received the same level of criticism as her fellow judge.

We doubt Nicki sees anything wrong with her Idol outfit, although the celeb does confess to occasionally ditching her sexier outfits for something a little more conservative — for example, sweater dresses. In fact, dresses are the it item for the star at the moment. In a recent interview, Nicki explained, “I have been doing a lot of dresses lately, and I feel more confident when I wear dresses…my fans have really responded to it.”

Did you feel that Nicki Minaj’s Idol outfit was in bad taste? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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62 Responses to “Nicki Minaj’s Idol Outfit Sparks Criticism”

  1. Raymond Keller Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Nicki’s a superstar diva. Let her wear whatever she feels comfortable with.

  2. rejane Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Her outfit was fit for a pornstar, not anything else! They blip anything,how come they don’t “blip” outfits that make her look more like a slut than a star??!!

  3. Bailey Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:46 am


  4. VICKI Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:46 am


  5. manny Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Completely biased, Mariah Carey has many times worn extreme cleavage revealing outfits on idol and no one discusses how she looks for a family audience and when nicki wears something of that nature, she’s promptly criticized. Shame to see such biased critiques

  6. Paul Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    She shouldn’t be dressing like a streetwalker selling sex on national TV. Shameful!

  7. John Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Whores dress like whores

  8. Diesel Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Her outfit was attractive. Mariah Carey shows plenty of cleavage. They are both well endowed females and should show the assets.

  9. ralph Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Niki likes a wholoe lot being a singer, let alone a super star, so how can she judge others, when she obviously has no taste or talent..

  10. Maria Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Her dress was not attractive, was not appropriate for the show, and made her look deformed and like she had a “butt” on her chest! Seriously? C’mon!

  11. stacy Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    well i have seen miss mariah wearing outfits where all her chest was about to fall out nobody said anything about that i like them both and think they should both try to keep there parts covered a lil more

  12. gator Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Nicki is a loud mouth slut. this woman wanna bee has the mind of a pea. no sense and surly no class. this slut has the etiquette if a house monkey, how this nasty person is liked as a singer makes me want to Puke

  13. ronnie glasser Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    nicki should come out nude, this years talent with the boys was second rate, from the beginning the judges should have picked more qualified males. there is a lot of crap going on with the judges, nickis’ behing is as big as two globals world gllobs. stop the botox

  14. Ben Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Not that I really care about Nicki Minaj, but Mariah Carey has worn outfits that were just as inappropriate as this a couple of times during this season.

  15. Dawn Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    They’re breasts. Get over it.

  16. marti Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I think that Nicki’s dress is totally inappropriate. I would not let my grandchildren watch. I also resent her calling one of the contestants “my little marshmallow.” I think that is a racial slur against a beautiful white girl.

  17. Kat Emerick Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    All her clothes are horrible she also needs to work on her roots.

  18. LARRY Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    First second into the show I was watching it with 15 people, more than half of them were distruned by her fake tits trying to take a drink from her coke cup.. This was disgusting

  19. Karen Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I think her outfit was totally inappropriate. But to be fair, at the beginning of A.I., Mariah also wore some pretty revealing outfits.
    Look at how Keith dresses – nothing fancy at all and he looks good. So they shouldn’t worry about getting dressed up to the extreme, they just need to look decent.

  20. alicia Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I think she looks good she has what it takes to wear whatever I also likes her comments for the contestants on american idol

  21. Bev Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Minaj doesn’t belong on idol….she has terrible manners, her expressions are belittling to the contestants and she has NO CLASS whatsoever.
    Get rid of her….Mariah is absolutely classy.

  22. Sandra Fletcher Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Her outfit was a disgrace to the American Idol program, as well as her judgment of the artists. I feel American Idol’s ratings
    have fallen because of her and she SHOULD BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY!!! How can she adequately judge the contestants when she behaves so inappropriately?

  23. dubblD's Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Who put a blond wig and boobs on Mr Ed

  24. Clare K Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    No,it was a bit showy but Miriah Carey wears revealing clothing as well. They are only breasts for heaven sake!!

  25. yikes Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I’m thoroughly convinced that she’s mentally ill at this point. ‘Nuff said.

  26. Nelly Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    she’s a disgrace…..horrible role model.
    She needs to be voted off.

  27. dmc Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    How does Nicki think anyone will ever take her seriously when she wears clown makeup, dresses like a prostitute and speaks like she just sucked down helium?!

  28. elaine Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    too repressed and conservative America. sad really. go to Italy or brazil or Slovenia, or anywhere really, but here. womens bodies are celebrated not considered “sinful”

  29. Roni Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Her cleveage looks like butt crack!

  30. Joe Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    She’s as tasteless as she is talentless. A true American “entertainer”. All she needs is a pole. And I am NOT conservative by any means. She’s an embarassment and an idiot.

  31. Josie camarillo Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Just wandering, Did anyone comment about Mariah Cary, Showing a lot of cleavage..I thought as big as she looks on television is was a bit to much.
    I really like them both. Didn’t know to much about Nicki, till now, and I really like her. She is sincere, caring and funny!. Both of the women are doing really great on American Idol.

  32. jarmstrong Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Nikki has no class…and what is wrong with her mouth?…Does she have cotten mouth…the woman is disqusting…the dress was awful…WHY NO WHY IS SHE STILL ON IDOL…This is the first year that I haven’t watched, and it because of her.

  33. Maya Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Thats what happens when you sell your soul to the devil

  34. Maya Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    The illumanati is the devil 4/3/1983 the irony of birthdate theme who will be the next “american idol”?

  35. liam Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    she looked sexy

  36. PPike Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    What a freak….I resolve to stop watching AI Fox News has gone too far

  37. HARD Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    typical black ghetto skank

  38. HARD Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Raymond using the word superstar to describe this walking yeast infection lets peo-ple know you read too much People magazine. People is written for readers with a 12 year old’s reading level.

  39. AL Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I haven’t watched Idol all season , because of the Freak and slut looking Nicki.

    I’ll never watch any Idol as long as she is a Judge ( used loosly as she can’t judge)

    2 more years and she will be a has been. Hopfully.

  40. june Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Yes, she can wear what she want but when you are a professional, you should dress and conduct yourself as such. That fake accent and being rude to Mariah isn’t right, if anything she should look up to her and the other judges since she doesn’t have any talent in the field. And she claims to be a role model to girls to do what, dress like a slut,no way. I truly think the girl is bio-polar.

  41. Lankster Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    How unfortunate that viewers are subjected to first of all having to listen to this idiot and then forced to look at her stupid outfits to boot. Idol probably won’t make it back next year especially when the hire some no talent jerk like Niki Duechbag.

  42. liz Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Mariah Carey has worn much more revealing outfits on the show. Just saying…

  43. Skydiver Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    TOTALLY inappropriate for THIS venue, American Idol. This is a FAMILY show in prime time. Use some decorum! (dignity or good taste that is appropriate to a specific occasion), in case you don’t know what decorum means!!

  44. Jan Chamberlain Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    The dress is the LEAST of the networks worries – it is her MOUTH and disrespectful “rolling of the eyes”, giggling when Mariah speaks… Mariah has more class in her right toe than Nicki will EVER have in that HUGE trunk. If she is on next year, I will NOT be viewing!

  45. KatieJ Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I thought Niki wanted to dress with “more class”. She was doing good. I think she sometimes needs the extra attention. It’s her personality,insecurity, some biopolar issues (?). She’s no treally bad as a judge. Outfit was totally inappropriate. Especially this week, with all the tragedy. Try to tone it down. Mariah’s outfits were never this revealing.Noticed Mariah even toned it down this week. On tv, looked like Niki’s whole chest was out. Poor Keith. I think she has a “crush on him”. Always staring at him, batting her eyes. Also, for Niki calling Mariah “Sir”: her body of work and success will never compare to Mariah. Then she talks about how much she loved Mariah’s songs (?).

  46. reg Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    The 2nd line of the article should read, “…the rapper-singer wannabe…” Now for that outfit: It is inappropriate and she knows it, but the producers should have stepped in before she walked out dressed like that. They know exactly what they are doing! It is all about getting people to watch next week just to see what new controversy she will stir up.

  47. Valo Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    shes a no talent, classless bitch. shes so unprofessional. cant get along with judges. shes biased. cant show up on time etc., shes lindsay lohan x’s 100. shes ugly as shit, cant rap/sing or even behave in public.

    why the fuck she was ever cast as someone who can judge talent is beyond me.

    wanna call me a racist? go ahead! im not. i have plenty of friends who are black. theres plenty of other celebrities of other ethnicities who are just like her. but of course all people wanna do is play the race card because they have no other argument.


  48. Claire Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Its funny how Mariahs cleavage is always popping out n nobody has anything to say about it.. but when it comes to Nicki people cant wait to critic her. In my opinion i

  49. Claire Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Its funny how Mariahs cleavage is always popping out n nobody has anything to say about it.. but when it comes to Nicki people cant wait to critic her. In my opinion i she looks great h

  50. Claire Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Its funny how Mariahs cleavage is always popping out n nobody has anything to say about it.. but when it comes to Nicki people cant wait to critic her. In my opinion she looks great her body doesnt look like its gonna pop out of her dress unlike Mariahs.. she needs to really go on a diet instead of buying sources to talk about Nicki. Besides she acts stuck up she looks down on people like shes never been broke before as far as im concer she wasnt always rich! She calls her self a Diva old Hag is what she is.. SO OUT OF THE GAME!

  51. Claire Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    All you people really need to stop hating on Nicki calling her ugly i bet u guys would never look as good as her! Talentless b/c shes the best girl rapper PLEASE! UNCLASSY b/c she speaks her mind and is always honest.. unlike Mariahs fake ass always tryna sugar coat everything.. she acts like the victim but is always tryna start somethin just cant handle it when Nicki always burns her old ass. She should get back to her husband n kids where she belongs!

  52. Tajj Fashionisto Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t think anything was wrong with her outfit. Some of the outfits the contestants wear are borderlining slutty. I think people are going to be judgemental,conservative,and biased simply because they do not like Nicki Minaj, her persona, attitude, or antics. It is what it is. I mean I don’t think she should be judging the talent on the show,but i’m not going to tell her what she can,cannot, or should wear on television. There are other more important things in the world to be discussing besides a short, red, cleavage-revealing dress. Hmmm I wonder if people are saying the same things about the looks and outfits of Christina Aguilera when she was on “The Voice”, Jennifer Lopez when she was on “American Idol, and Mariah Carey.All of them have been guilty of cleavage exposure at some point or another on national television. G-E-T OVER I-T!!!

  53. kenny Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Nicki needs attention she was long over due that was just to much light and she not being the subject of. And the dress was fine

  54. margie V Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Those old timers in their 40′s and close to it have only left to show off their plastic treasures she is ugly anyways so is Mariah they just sing good but aside from singing the rest is plastic fake and usually in bad taste just to call peoples attention…

  55. shanae Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    she is an amazing diva and she always looks great

  56. Donnye Nash Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Totally inappropriate! I think Keith looked very uncomfortable and embarrased

  57. Donnye Nash Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Tonight her Butt was hanging out of her jeans!

  58. Robert Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    My wife said her top looked like a plumber’s butt.

  59. Kerry Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Nicki is sickening already. I can’t believe she hasn’t been replaced as an Idol judge. From the black stripe that adorns her head to the unbelievable outfits worn and her fake accents, she is a sight to behold. Not to mention how she treats others! I’m thankful that I don’t have any young ones watching this year’s show. Children and young adults shouldn’t be subjected to this person’s over the bar practices. In her own venue, well thats different, but on a prime time show that promotes family, personal growth and drive, and focuses on the young men and women of this Country, where are her values? A role model nor an Idol is she. She is a joke.

  60. DeZire Says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    The producers knew how she was and dressed before they hired her…so obviously they like it and like the ratings she will attract.

  61. shauna Says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 7:06 am


  62. Jewels06 Says:
    April 23rd, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I am not really familiar with Nikki Minage oh whatever her name is and I don’t begrudge her her fame what have you. The only thing I don’t like about Nikki is her annoying voice. She gives me a headache when she talk. Oh I guess I have one more gripe and that is that she needs to respect the other people on the panel because they are more experienced in their given fields and way more talented. Enuff said.


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