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Slips and Splits: A Decade of the Celebrity "Wardrobe Malfunction"

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It’s been ten years since the birth of the social phenomenon known as the “wardrobe malfunction.” Yes, it’s been that long since the country was locked in a heated debate over that “Janet moment.” You know, the time Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake had to explain their Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy … the time Miss Janet might or might not have accidentally shown a billion worldwide viewers her latest body piercings in an area that primetime television wasn’t quite comfortable seeing.

Since that wardrobe malfunction seen around the world, we’ve been seeing such incidents in everyday contexts by celebrities. Yes, the wardrobe malfunction has become the biggest fashion faux pas they can make at events or during performance.

Believe it or not, the term has been translated into other languages to describe similar incidents, including garderobedefect (Dutch), incident de garde-robe (French), disfunzione del guardaroba or incidente del guardaroba (Italian), and mal funcionamiento del guardarropa (Spanish).

Even with photogs and the paparazzi capturing celebrities and their every move these days, it’s difficult for celebs to avoid these little slips and splits, with a wardrobe malfunction guaranteeing to happen at almost every celebrity event or awards show. This type of voyeurism has continually made headlines though, with many gossip outlets and blogs debating whether these wardrobe malfunction incidents are purely accidental or staged for publicity reasons.

Check out our photos below of some of the most recent celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. Do you think some of these were intentional by the celebrity or just another embarrassing moment caught on camera?

  • Wardrobe Malfunctions 1 of 13
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  • Paris Hilton 2 of 13
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    Paris Hilton heads down to the beach again to try her hand at surfing as she hosts a party at her beach house. Dressed in a minimal one-piece swimsuit, the heiress caught some waves and then reclined on her board to catch some rays. 

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones 3 of 13
    **OOPS! WHEN WARDROBE GOES WRONG** It's Catherine-Peeper Jones! Catherine Zeta-Jones suffers an array of wardrobe malfunctions as she steps out with husband Michael Douglas

    Catherine Zeta-Jones suffers an array of wardrobe malfunctions as she steps out with husband Michael Douglas.

  • Kim Kardashian 4 of 13
    **OOPS! WHEN WARDROBE GOES WRONG** Oops! Kim Kardashian accidentally flashes her Spanx outside Fox 5 studios in New York City

    Kim Kardashian accidentally flashes her Spanx outside Fox 5 studios in New York City.

  • Paula Patton 5 of 13
    **OOPS! WHEN WARDROBE GOES WRONG** Paula Patton nearly suffers a wardrobe malfunction while posing for photographs outside of the MTV Studios

    Paula Patton nearly suffers a wardrobe malfunction while posing for photographs outside of the MTV Studios.

  • Katy Perry 6 of 13
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    Would Smurfette approve? Katy Perry shows off a little more than what we need to see in New York City.

  • Kaley Cuoco 7 of 13
    **OOPS! WHEN WARDROBE GOES WRONG** Kaley Cuoco hurries into a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City

    Kaley Cuoco hurries into a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

  • Cameron Diaz 8 of 13
    **OOPS! WHEN WARDROBE GOES WRONG** BUMPER CHESTS! Cameron Diaz nearly has a wardrobe malfunction while filming a physical argument with Leslie Mann for "The Other Woman" in NYC

    Cameron Diaz nearly has a wardrobe malfunction while filming a physical argument with Leslie Mann for The Other Woman in NYC.

  • Miley Cyrus 9 of 13
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    Miley Cyrus looks like she's suffering a painful wardrobe malfunction in London, too.

  • Sienna Miller 10 of 13
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    Sienna Miller shows us a little more than what we need to see with her lace top.

  • Salma Hayek 11 of 13
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    Salma Hayek gets wind swept in her wardrobe malfunction, too.

  • Katherine McPhee 12 of 13
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    Another embarrassing moment for Katherine McPhee on set!

  • Kendra Wilkinson 13 of 13
    Hollywood's finest suffer wardrobe malfunctions just like the rest of us

     Kendra Wilkinson narrowly avoids a wardrobe malfunction outside Les Deux nightclub.

Photos via PacificCoastNews.com, YouTube.com

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