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Grills: Fashion fave or faux pas?



Celebrities who got glammed up for this past weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards didn’t stop at outrageous hair, outfits, and robot costumes.

Rather, they decided to put their money where their mouth is – literally.

It seems that a growingly popular fashion accessory among the entertainment elite are grills – y'know, the mouth jewelry whose fame was catapulted to galactic proportions with rapper Nelly’s 2005 musical ode to his “smile on the rocks.”

Singer Katy Perry went all out Sunday, snarling at photographers to flash an elaborate upper row of brightly colored jewels that spelled out the word ROAR, in honor of her new namesake single. Price tag? $1,000.

Singer Rihanna, long a fan of the dental decorations, went a little more low-key with a modest gold cross between her teeth.

And it doesn’t end there. No longer a fashion staple primarily of the hip hop world, grills have lately been spotted on everyone from singers Madonna and Lana Del Rey to Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte to British boy bander Harry Styles.

I’m not gonna declare the colorful tooth toppers an official “in thing.”

But I will go on ahead and declare them an official fashion DON'T (if for no other reason than that they’ve been linked to dental problems…Or, in my case, because I think they’re fugly and remind me a bit of my teenage braces and the way they always seemed to attract spinach or other unsightly food particles, especially when a cute boy was anywhere in the vicinity).

What are your thoughts, deevs? Are you fans of grills? Do you consider them a viable fashion accessory? What were some of your fashion faves or faux pas from the VMAs?

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:47pm]


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