Jennifer Lopez's New Year's Catsuit Continues A Problematic Tradition

Here's the thing about a catsuit: It's kind of like a beret, or pink asymmetrical haircuts — either you totally rock it, or you look like a complete tool.

Over New Year's, Jennifer Lopez officially leaped into the top five of the Catsuit Hall of Fail with a nearly-naked full-body stocking that looked like something out of David Bowie's closet circa 1972. The skintight affair left little to the imagination of the audience watching "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," and in the days since it has become a Web obsession/punchline (though host Ryan Seacrest admitted the bedazzled unitard "made my year").

But Lopez, who famously damn near bore it all at the Grammys in 2000 with a barely-there Versace dress, is certainly not the only celeb to make a wrong turn in a catsuit. Who can forget the red PVC number modeled by a then-18-year-old Britney Spears in the 1999 "Oops! … I Did It Again" video that was so nice they made it into an adorable 12-inch doll?

Michelle Pfeiffer fared a bit better with her stapled-together black PVC Catwoman number in "Batman Returns," though Halle Berry upped the sex appeal considerably when she stepped into the role in just a black leather bra and shredded leather pants.

Fittingly, Marilyn Manson made the whole concept of a catsuit just plain creepy in 1998 when he slipped into a ghostly white androgynous alien full body stocking for the cover of his Mechanical Animals album, but Kanye West's girlfriend managed to be both sexy and a bit scary in a snakeskin-print number at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. (She's a repeat offender, by the way.)

So, don't feel bad J. Lo. You're not alone. But maybe next time you should ring in the new year in a sensible pair of slacks?

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