Celebrities, paparazzi and wardrobe malfunctions

In today’s society it seems that more and more celebrities are willing to ‘reveal all’.

In today’s society it seems that more and more celebrities are willing to ‘reveal all’. And no, we’re not talking about Chantelle Houghton’s latest ‘tell-all’ magazine deal (OK! We’re looking at you). But with pop songstress Ellie Goulding’s recent and debateable ‘wardrobe malfunction’, Sarah Watson asks are we in an age where celebrities’ privates are not so private?

Picture this: you’re reading your latest copy of Heat, and as you turn the page, you see a glimpse of your favourite celebrity’s ‘downstairs’, as she’s getting out of her taxi for a famous awards event. You quickly scan the not-so-punny caption and flick to the next page, no questions asked. But wait, there should be a question asked: ‘why on earth am I seeing her lady parts?’

In the world of the ‘celebrity’ it seems that having your frou-frou papped is all to be expected. Remember Britney-gate? With hundreds of [insert the unfortunate celeb’s name here] pictures of their nipples/lady parts/bum/breasts [delete as appropriate] in the news, it seems harder for the poor souls to keep anything out of the public’s eye.

We all know that celebrity culture has been sex-ridden for a while now – from sexy snaps (Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens) to even sexier sex tapes (Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian), no one really bats an eyelid anymore when they come across the inner sanctums of a celebrity. Before you know it there will be weekly features such as ‘Which Breast is Best?’ and ‘Fashionable Frou-Frous’, which will be toppling the infamous Page 3 in the ‘sextertainment’ category.

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking that I’m over-reacting, but am I being too old-fashioned in wanting to see a little less celeb flesh and more best dressed outfits?

Despite the rise of the reveal, it’s not always the celeb’s choice in letting their bits and bats be exposed to the world. Actress Anne Hathaway accidently flashed her ‘downstairs’ as she stepped out of her taxi (apparently underwear-free) for the premiere of her latest movie Les Miserables in New York this week. The Princess Diaries star was overheard telling Vanity Fair writer Ingrid Sischy that she didn’t realise the mishap until she saw all of the photographers’ flashes. NY News reported that the 30-year-old told the Vanity Fair journalist: “I was getting out of the car and my dress was so tight that I didn’t realize it until I saw all the photographers’ flashes.” If you ask me, by going commando what else do you expect from the hounding paparazzi? Maybe Miss Anne should ask her stylist to remind her not to forget her knickers next time.

Even Ellie Goulding cannot be forgiven for her all-but-revealing sheer white dress at the London premiere of Les Miserables last week. According to The Mirror: “The singer walked the red carpet with confidence in Leicester Square, smiling away as everyone took in her breasts with wide eyes.” Yes she may have earned Brownie points for braving the paparazzi, but surely she must have known that her dress was see-through?!

Although there are some questionable ‘wardrobe malfunctions’, there are those celebrities who are just innocent victims in the crime of ‘revealing all’. Take your mind back to the nation’s favourite sofa-hogging couple, Richard and Judy, at the National Television Awards in 2000. Poor Judy Finnigan’s dress dropped down revealing her bra, as she and her husband collected an award for Most Popular Daytime programme. Talk about embarrassing!

Or what about poor Emma Watson’s wardrobe mishap, at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince three years ago? The Perks of a Wallflower star had her dress tucked into her flesh-coloured knick knacks. Hey, unlike Anne Hathaway, at least she was wearing underwear!

Some might say that it’s the media’s fault for exposing said ‘celebrity privates’, whilst some might think it’s the celebrities’ fault themselves for wearing so little clothing. I think the next time I flick through Heat; I just want to see Slumdog Millionaire actress Freda Pinto’s golden gown rather than her frou frou.