11 Celebrities Wearing Swimsuits As If They Were Real Clothes (Those Jokesters)

There is a reason why adolescents — and adults — have nightmares about somehow losing their clothing in front of friends and colleagues, and it is that few people enjoy being undressed in public. The same goes for swimsuits, which are sold with accompanying sarongs, jorts, and caftans to soften the self awareness of hitting the beach in nearly nothing. Much to the amusement of their fans and critics, however, celebrities seem to quite enjoy sporting minimal clothing on the red carpet and in their everyday lives. In celebration of these brazen, confident stars, here are 11 instances in which celebrities wore swimsuits as real clothing.


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A freshly famous Rihanna could easily have taken her ensemble from the red carpet to the beach thanks to this barely-there golden bikini.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez decided to forgo real clothing in favor of an ensemble that channeled her infamous Versace during a concert.

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga pulled a Marilyn and sported a swimming costume for her performance in lieu of an actual outfit. It gets quite warm on stage, after all.

Jennifer Morrison

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Jennifer Morrison’s Billboard Music Awards ensemble was missing one key ingredient: a real gown to throw on over the bathing suit cover up she donned for the event.


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Ever the boundary-pushing performer, Beyonce selected this leather bodysuit for one of her lively performances, causing perplexed audience members to ask, “But where’s the rest of it?”

Naomi Harris

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Naomi Harris had a glamorous moment on the red carpet in this bedazzled swimsuit, with which she wore a transparent slip so the ensemble wasn’t too risqué.

Jessie J

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The talent Jessie J graced the red carpet in spite of injury clad in an embellished strapless garment reminiscent of a swimsuit. At the very least, the star looked relatively comfortable — minus the crutches, of course.

Britney Spears

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The “Toxic” singer demonstrated just how comfortable with her dancer’s physique she was in a black bodysuit and thin, netted overlay.

Christina Milian

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The festival-bound beauty demonstrated that she can choose to go without shoes and a shirt at a public venue and still get service while wearing this teeny bikini top.

Lady Gaga

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The chanteuse yet again went an untraditional route with her ensemble by selecting bikini briefs instead of pants to pair with her blazer. All the better for a post-awards swim.

Victoria Beckham

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During Posh Spice’s heyday as a starlet of Spice Girls fame, the performer adored showing off her sartorial sense in fitted, short, body-baring ensembles like this strapless black suit.