Stepping into the VMAs, where anything can happen — and this year, Black celebs reminded fans we can rock anything. The 2023 VMAs got underway on Tuesday night, and as fans enjoyed highly anticipated performances and appearances by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Wayne, Diddy, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, and more, here at theGrio, we are still reflecting on some of the style choices from the Video Music Award’s pink carpet.
Ahead of her energy-packed “Bongos” performance alongside Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B showcased her creative eye on the red carpet. In a custom Dilara Findikoglu gown, covered in metal duck clips — a coveted tool in Black hair salons — Cardi B subconsciously honored her place as most women’s natural hair goals and fashion inspiration.
“I’m a creative,” said Cardi B during the VMA pre-show interview. “I have to be creative with everything, my clothes, my pictures. I’m just a creative person, so my visions just have to come to life.”
Megan Thee Stallion
“Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody”. As the Houston Hottie eases her way back into the music scene, the rapper served sheer bawdy and glamour in an all-black custom Brandon Blackwood gown and Jacob & Co. jewelry.
As the evening’s host, Nicki Minaj, “Muva to the Barbz,” stepped out in her version of bridal Barbiecore in Dolce and Gabbana.
It’s only September, but Doja Cat appeared to already be in the Halloween spirit as the rapper walked the carpet in a spidery look by Ap0cene with Monse accessorized with jewelry by Maria Tash and Nicole Rose.
Explore more Black fashion moments from the evening below:
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