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The Evolution Of The Red-Carpet Naked Dress

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19 of our favorite baring-it-all looks

Traditionally, the red carpet has been a place for celebrities to showcase the most expensive, ornate designer works. But after years and years of slinky silk gowns and draped chiffon dresses, it seems as if those very same celebrities have decided to take back the red carpet, making whatever statment they want while wearing whatever the hell they want. And while focusing on fashion—especially nearly naked fashion—may not seem the like the most "feminist" thing to do on the surface, the barely there red-carpet gown has become a huge political statement. By wearing revealing looks, female celebrities have started taking control of their bodies on their terms. And in doing so, they have begun promoting more healthy body images, showing that the female form is beautiful in any shape. 

Click through the gallery to see red-carpet history's most naked dresses. Because if popular culture in 2015 has showed us anything, it's that feminism is an ever-evolving movement, and more and more celebrities are willing to push its boundaries. And if that means more naked looks are to come, so be it. We're ready for it.

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Amber Rose at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards
We're not quite sure if "Runaway" was written about her, but if we know anything about Amber Rose, it's this: She is beautiful, fearless, and the very definition of "sex" personified. Those three qualities all culminated in her VMA Laura Dewitt getup. Sure, the Vegas showgirl ensemble is a homage to Rose McGowan's '98 VMA dress, but that's not what really matters. What does is the fact that Rose is helping to promote a healthy body image—one where women aren't (and shouldn't be) afraid of showcasing their bodies on their terms.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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