Awkward celebrity pictures are much more common than you thought. Hollywood is all about being camera-ready and uber glam, and for the most part, our favorite stars know their jobs. But what happens when someone catches them picking a nose or doing something very, very unphotogenic?
Everybody has some infamously bad photos, from Beyonce to the Kardashians to Julia Roberts. So it’s time to take a look at them.
Remember when in Super Bowl 2013, Beyonce just paused for a second, and that was the moment the camera thought of capturing her? Maybe she had her feet caught in something or just noticed something in the crowd. But the camera, being as unforgiving as it is, decided to capture that singular moment, which became memes, jokes, and even bumper stickers for the Beyhive.
At the 2015 Oscars, John Travolta tried hugging Scarlett Johansson, who wasn’t looking and was posing for the camera. And the moment is still one of the weirdest photo-op moments in Hollywood history. Though Scarlett later confirmed that he was being friendly, we bet John wants to go back in time and take back the gesture.
Kim Kardashian is known for her Insta-perfect selfies and A-grade curves. But what happens when the curves have not passed any filters and the paparazzi catch her off-guard? Kim K was vacationing in Mexico and had a fun beach day out, but she didn’t see that her cellulite had been splashed all over the Internet. Kim was so upset, and she even had a mini-breakdown recorded for her reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Nobody likes getting mobbed, and Kim Kardashian is no exception. The reality star was headed to a show at the Paris Fashion Week, decked in Balmain when the crowd went out of control and her bodyguards couldn’t do much. In those terrifying seconds, Kim K looked scared and shocked. And though the situation was eventually handled, the pictures went viral almost immediately.
The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan has been through criticism for her surgeries and lip fillers. And while the 20-year-old Kylie didn’t grow up too fast, she has had to face her fair share of awkward camera moments, as makeup and fillers can only hide so much. For instance, she live-recorded the whole thing during her dress-up sessions, and fans noticed that she looked horrible in the pictures. Kylie has too much makeup on, looks older than her age, and her weaves look fake. She also looked different from how she usually looked and made our list of awkward celebrity pictures.
Remember when we spotted Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass picking his nose in public. Ed might be all British smoothness on camera and sometimes off-camera, but he was once pictured picking his nose on the sets of one of his films. And that photo went on to become a serious public photo.
Taylor Swift and Olivia Munn
Remember when Taylor Swift hugged Olivia Munn at the 2013 People’s Choice Awards, and Olivia did not reciprocate? It was painfully awkward and a pretty long moment on camera that was not edited (maybe on purpose).
Sofia Vergara might be known for her stellar curves and beautiful hair, but she has bad days. In a messy state, the Latin bombshell was pictured on the New York sets of her show, Modern Family. She was wearing total rags, but she also had her hair in disarray and overdone makeup. We don’t know why, but Sofia did not have the best time, and her picture joined the long list of awkward celebrity pictures.
You might wear tracksuits or jumpers when hiking, but you’re no Lady Gaga. The pop sensation, famous for her outrageous outfits, took her love for the bizarre too far when she went on to wear a red carpet-worthy ensemble for hiking. Lady Gaga went on a hike in Montauk along with boyfriend Christian Carino, and while Christian was wearing a regular tee and shorts, Gaga showed up in an off-shoulder black crop top and pencil skirt. She even wore heels for this, and no wonder it sent Twitter into a tizzy.
Rihanna and Chris Brown
Remember when Rihanna attended a celebrity basketball game and gave a terrible cold shoulder to her abusive ex, Chris Brown? Rihanna looked visibly unimpressed and disappointed, but she also started walking up and down the viewer’s gallery to make a point of how bored she was. Naturally, her fans took it as a sign of her trying to humiliate Chris, and we’d say it worked.
A gold grill is not meant for everybody, especially not for a 63-year-old woman. Nevertheless, Madonna showed up on one of the red carpets wearing a gold grill in her teeth and a black gown and looked ridiculous. Since it was such an unusual choice of an accessory, fans thought she had messed up her teeth and only realized it was a grill upon closer inspection.
The worst makeup failure in the history of Hollywood was a straightforward but deeply humiliating one. Angelina Jolie overdid it on the powder for one of the red carpets, and to make it worse; nobody came to fix it. Not the assistants, not the husband, Brad Pitt (who was there), and not even the photographers. Angelina looked quite ridiculous, but even more ridiculous is that it wasn’t fixed before she hit the red carpet.
Miley Cyrus’s makeup failed to look very similar to Angelina Jolie’s but made her look like the Joker. Also, she was wearing red lipstick, which was bizarrely unflattering in this situation. It makes you wonder if she should fire her stylist or assistant for letting her be photographed like this.
Jennifer Lawrence is known for pulling the funniest of faces, but this picture was not an intentional one. At one Hollywood event, she probably noticed something unpleasant and expressed her displeasure, and, of course, the paparazzi picked that moment to capture one of the awkward celebrity pictures.
Cara might be the world’s most sought-after supermodel, but a moment of carelessness can bring great embarrassment to anybody, especially if the camera is involved. Cara could not hide her shock at noticing something that looked painfully weird at a beauty event.