Selfies were errywhere this year. Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the word of 2013, which, based on celebrity Instagram accounts, makes total sense. Celebs love taking selfies and we, as bloggers and breathing humans, love looking at said selfies. We've come to rely on them to tell us what our faves are wearing, where they are, and who they're hanging with. It isn't until you look through every Instagram of Rihanna's from the past year that you truly appreciate just how much the badgal loves sharing her face/her new hair color/her products with the rest of the world. But Ri's not the only one doing it. We've rounded up our favorite selfies from the past year so you can peep 'em and refer back when taking GPOYs of your own. Enjoy!
NICKI MINAJ: MOST SELFIES NOT FOCUSED ON HER FACE
Nicki Minaj shares her selfies with two special guests.
For most people, selfies are all about the face. Obviously, Nicki Minaj is not like most people. Her selfies tend to draw attention to the two assets that sit below eye level and could easily stay out of frame. Nicki got bolder about baring as the year went on. While she began 2013 with some heavy cleavage, by the end she was straight-up giving us full-frontal pasties. Her Halloween costume, in case you couldn't tell, was a police officer. It's been a while since we've gotten any Instagrams from her Minajesty, so we're hoping she's planning to make up for lost time in 2014.
When we realized that the 2013 American Music Awards would showcase a whopping 16 live performances, we knew we were in for a grip of exciting brand new performance outfits. What we forgot about (momentarily) was that the stacked set list ALSO meant the red carpet would be full of high-octane #FASHUN. The stars turned it our for the AMAs step-and-repeat, and we're breaking down our favorite looks of the night.
TAYLOR SWIFT IN JULIEN MACDONALD
Taylor Swift at the 2013 American Music Awards.
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Taylor Swift may have skipped the stage this time around, but she still won big. No, not just by looking drop dead in that glittering gold Julien MacDonald minidress. T.Swizzle also took home the award for Artist of the Year as well as Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album.
The MTV EMA have been host to some amazing fashion, from Selena Gomez's parade of host outfits to Lady Gaga's Paco Rabanne moment to a slew of other memorable performance looks, and tonight's Amsterdam red carpet was no exception. Here are our favorite 2013 MTV EMA looks from the step-and-repeat!
IGGY AZALEA IN DILEK HANIF COUTURE
Iggy Azalea at the 2013 MTV EMAs.
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Talk about a knockout! Iggy Azalea is slaying it in all directions with this Dilek Hanif Couture gown from the Turkish designer's Spring 2011 collection. (Side bar: exactly how many years have to pass before you can consider something "vintage"?) That asymmetrical neckline. Those side cut-outs. The red platform accent heels. THOSE MASSIVE NAVEL-HIGH SLITS. *pauses to catch breath* Also, a little P.S.A. from us and The New Classic herself: she is, in fact, wearing underwear.
Ariana Grande for 'Complex' Magazine.
Photo: 'Complex' Magazine
When we think of Ariana Grande, the first thing that comes to mind (after her multi-octave, mini-Mariah voice, of course) is her super-girly, vintage style. She’s like a tiny ‘50s housewife, but with way longer hair and way higher heels. The squeaky-clean starlet has never met a floral, a-line dress she didn't like, which is why we ACTUALLY gasped out loud when we saw her new photos for Complex magazine. Grande channels gangster glam in the mag’s December issue and resembles a mob boss’ well-dressed wife or like, the deviant star of a film noir.
Ariana Grande for 'Notion' Magazine.
Photo: 'Notion' Magazine
What’s cuter than Ariana Grande on any given day? Aside from like, a bathtub filled with puppies, not a whole lot. Actually, after seeing the new cover of Notion magazine, we take that back. Dressed in a textured, black-and-white bustier crop-top and flared black skirt, Grande gets the cartoon treatment with illustrated embellishments from emerging artist, Hattie Stewart. OK, so, correction: the only thing cuter than Ariana Grande on any given day is now Ariana Grande surrounded by doe-eyed cartoon faces. (Sorry, puppies.)
Ariana Grande's 2013 Halloween costume.
Photo: @arianagrande Instagram
After toying with cat ears for the past few weeks, it seems as though Ariana Grande took her Halloween costume in an entirely different direction. Where she ended up, though, is unclear. Ariana posted a picture to her Instagram wearing vampire teeth, fake blood, light contacts, and...a bra and a robe?
Is she a Victoria's Secret vampire? A vampire whose coffin-wear is casual PJs? In the caption of the photo Ariana reveals Halloween is her "favorite holiday bar none," which is clear: there's a lot going on. This costume, while casual, is also terrifying. Like, that's a lot of blood. Those eyes will haunt my dreams forever. They are staring into my soul. I don't know what she's doing with her hand (making a claw?), but that combined with the blood, eyes, and teeth is almost too much. Is she waving? Ahhh, IDK but I'm scurred.
Katy Perry and Ariana Grande in cat ears.
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Uh oh, Katycats and Arianators: there's a battle being waged between your two faves for best cat lady! It's no secret that Katy Perry is a huge feline fan (I mean, her fans are named Katycats for a reason), but Ariana Grande has been slowly gaining ground in cat lady land, wearing not one, not two, but three different outfits that she accessorized with cat ears.
Katy arrived in Tokyo wearing her fave print as of late, daisies, a leather jacket, Ray-Bans, and, of course, cat ears. Katy's tiger-striped ears make sense for a number of reasons: 1. she's Mom Cat, 2. the "Roar" video and her performances recently have involved a lot of animal print, 3. she's in Japan and it's OFFICIALLY HALLOWEEN THERE, Y'ALL. Her ears also say "Katy" across them, just in case, y'know, you saw a picture of her and didn't know who she was. It's a gentle reminder so you don't embarrass yourself in front of your friends.
A clown, a cat and a pop singer.
Photos: Splash News/Jimmy Kimmel Live
To the untrained eye, this photo may appear to be your average Halloween snapshot. But if you look a little closer, you’ll see that there’s a pop star in disguise, deviously lurking among fans to give them a trick AND a treat. MWA-HA-HA-HA-HA. (But don’t be scurred!) Before she performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Ariana Grande encouraged fans attending the taping to dress up in costume for a ‘special surprise.’ Since Grande is basically like, a Pied Piper of screaming tweens, a TON of her loyal followers showed up, but only three were chosen to compete for the chance to meet the tiny diva: The clown, the cat and the chicken.