Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl stylist is speaking out for the first time to clarify that the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” was completely intentional. It happened at the 2004 halftime show. Wayne Scot Lukas told Access Hollywood on Monday, “I was hired to do a job. I did exactly what I was supposed to do.”
Quite a few people were selected as scapegoats on FX and Hulu’s New York Times documentary, “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson”. Stylist Wayne Scot Lukas decided to respond with the bitter truth. The stylist smartly told the publication,
“I was a work for hire, I was hired to do a job and I did exactly what I was supposed to do,. If I work with someone who’s a dancer, you have to be able to dance in a wardrobe and it has to never fall apart. I stand 100% by my story that I did exactly what I was supposed to do, what I was hired for and if I ever hurt my friend, I wouldn’t have worked with Janet for six years after the Super Bowl. I would have been fired that day.”
The documentary recalls Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 2003 Super Bowl half time show. The show shockingly ended with Janet’s nipple being exposed on live television. To this date, it was considered as a wardrobe malfunction until Wayne decided to throw some light on the nipplegate drama.
The Senior VP of MTV Salli Frattini said that Janet and her stylist Wayne Scot Lukas went rogue after the costumes had been approved. They spent money on new fabric and a starburst nipple cover at the last minute. She also alleged that when Timberlake arrived at the stadium, he was lured in a private conversation in her dressing room that lasted minutes, without any producers around.
Frattini’s instincts told her that there was a private conversation between wardrobe stylists and artists where someone thought it would be a good idea and it backfired. Lukas even blamed producers for not cutting away from the controversial shot fast enough, claiming that people at home “were never supposed to see a movement where a breast was out” because the network was supposed to “cut to black.” “Wardrobe malfunction? I don’t malfunction,” he added. “I was a professional stylist. $10,000 a day back then. I can’t fail. Why did you say that?”
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