Half the fun of big awards events is looking at the fashion (for us anyway) and we always take a moment to round up the trends. This year we couldn’t help but notice a lot of nipple action on our best-dressed list at the 2017 SAMAs. Here’s looking at the fearless Kelly Khumalo, Khanyi Mbau and Pearl Thusi, all of whom walked the red carpet with their nipples in varying levels of visibility like it was no big deal. We take a peek at their looks, and then revisit famous nipple moments in fashion to see how this trend has evolved.

Here’s nominee Kelly Khumalo


Khanyi Mbau hosted the red carpet live on SABC 1 in this barely-there dress

And Pearl Thusi, no stranger to the fashion crowd, made an appearance at the SAMAs in this slightly-more-concealing number

I can truly say … I’m so happy. 🌸💗🌸

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Visible nipples have had fashion moments before. Starting with that infamous Kate Moss dress. We know that if Kate Moss is doing it, especially in the 90’s, it must be high fashion. Although a bold move at the time, this is considered to be one of the most memorable moments which got her noticed early on in her career. It was also a moment for nips in fashion.

1993 / Photo via Rexfeatures

Moving onto the red carpet, for the MTV Music Awards in 1999, Lil Kim applied a tasteful shell nipple pastie to match her jumpsuit and lilac hair.

1999 / Photo via Rexfeatures

This could only have inspired Nicki Minaj, who attended the Haider Ackerman Paris Fashion Week earlier this year in a black blazer which  highlighted her voluptuous chest and the diamond pastie on her boob.

2017 / Photo via Rexfeatures

Although, Nicki Minaj is no novice when it comes to nips…

2016 / Photo via Rexfeatures

Nipples are also no stranger to the runway. Designers such as Marc Jacobs and Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, and also Jacquemus have chosen to tastefully show them.

Marc Jacobs S/S 2014 / Photo via Rexfeatures

Balmain FW 2014 / Photo via Rexfeatures

Jacquemus FW 2015 / Photo via Imaxtree

Jacquemus FW 2015 / Photo via Imaxtree

Back to the red carpet, Clare Danes (our April cover star) as well as Sharon Stone and Audrey Tautou have shown their nips.

2009 / Photo via Rexfeatures

2009 / Photo via Rexfeatures

2013 / Photo via Rexfeatures

This trend became so popular that Victoria Secret created a bra with built-in nipples, so that more people could get the look that celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham were pulling off during their daily errand-running.

2016 / Photo via Rexfeatures

2009 / Photo via Rexfeatures

In conclusion we say that this trend depends on your self-confidence and also how tastefully you’ll go about it. At the end of the day, much of the fashion we see can inspire our every-day (or, if we’re so lucky – red carpet) looks, and maybe we’re ready to free the nipple at last!