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Erykah Badu To Keep Her Clothes On


Justice was served—we guess—in Dallas today, where city officials report that R&B singer Erykah Badu has paid a $500 fine for stripping down to her birthday suit in the city’s Dealey Plaza for a music video for her song “Window Seat.” (You can see the NSFW video here; in it, Badu re-creates the assassination of President Kennedy, except, of course, more naked.) Law abiding is a pretty good reason for Erykah to remain clothed in public, but we can think of another good one, too: For all her wild style, she actually gets it right a lot of the time. We’ve combed through the year in Badu performances and found that the singer (and/or her stylists) tend to hit right on trend. Below, a few onstage outfits and their runway precedents. The top hat, on the other hand, is 100 percent her own.

Left: Erykah Badu performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago, August 2010. Right: Louis Vuitton, Fall ’10.

Left: Erykah Badu performs at Lilith Fair in Washington, July 2010. Right: Ralph Lauren, Spring ’10.

Left: Erykah Badu performs at The Palms in Las Vegas, June 2010. Right: Oscar de la Renta, pre-fall ’10.

Photos: Rob Grabowski / Retna Ltd. (Lollapalooza); Kim Weston Arnold (Vuitton); Dana Nalbandian / WireImage (Lilith Fair); Marcio Madeira (Ralph Lauren); Ethan Miller / Getty Images (Las Vegas); Maria Valentino (Oscar de la Renta)

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