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Nelly Furtado's Off-Beat Accessory

11/03/2006 at 04:30 PM ET

MTV Awards shows are always the place to try out unorthodox fashion (and in some cases, unorthodox behavior). Last night’s European Music Awards were no exception, but Nelly Furtado’s arms really caught our eye and got us scratching our heads. The sultry Canadian singer paired her slinky satin gown with airbrushed faux-tattoos of flames going up and down her arms. Nelly’s rep tells us she wanted to “look like a Goddess with all the pyro-tech in her performance and white flowing dress.” Tell us: what do you think of Nelly’s out-there accessory? Is this super-hot or a burn-out?

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ima on

…..yea….looks like a rash to me ;)….

suzanne1281 on

Although I’d prefer her without the tattoos, I give her props for being brave and being herself and not caring what everyone else thinks. Go Nelly, you are such a strong, confident, sexy woman!

Kaila on

I love Nelly Furtado. I love her album. I think she is unique and creative. Some of the fashion choices I’m not too keen on, but I think if she likes it, it is her right. These are not real tattoos. They are just airbrushed on her. AnnieM, just because a woman has a tattoo does not make her unclassy and trashy. Having a tattoo, not just for a woman, but for ALSO a man, means they are creative and just love body art. Some of the time, a person gets a tattoo as a meaning or an accomplishment that they have done. Some women will get a tattoo of their childs name in cursive on their ankle or something, but that doesn’t make them trashy. My friend’s daughter passed away and to remember her and honor her daughter, she had her name tattooed on her ankle. She would always remember her daughter, but this was to signify that her daughter was gonna be with her forever, even if that meant an ink tattoo on her body. Body art is mearly expressing yourself and being creative. Many do it for many purposes. Some do it for it for kicks, some have it done for meaningful purposes and some do it because they just turned 21 and they have always wanted a tattoo.

diego on

Awesome, just awesome! I love her music, but her tattoos just do it for me! =D You go, girl!

Teddi on

She looks stunning! Way to go Nelly, be yourself and do what you want. Its gorgeous and original.

And sorry, low class? From a high class perspective: Tattoo’s are an expression of oneself, if you’re too afraid of other people’s judgement to express yourself, your confidence and therefore your class, is extremely subject.

ebony on

I dont understand what all the fuss is about. Why is everyone fighting about HER tattoos or hienna or airbrush or whatever? If she likes it, I LOVE IT. You wouldn’t like it if people went around saying what they didn’t like about youor what you wear. It’s all about self-expression and what makes you feel good. We all can’t look alike nor can we be alike. Deal with it

ashley on

i think she looks totally awsum cuz of her attitude

Baya on

I agree with AnnieM that tatoos somehow reflect low class. They are just so unnatural and really look bad on skin, let alone if they’re permanent. They are completely misplaced on a female body. And one shouldn’t need to express his personality this way.

rachel b. on

not pretty, distasteful and snakish tatoos.

Dan C on

I agree with Baya, & I think a lot of women are doing this because they think it’s ‘trendy’ or ‘in’ to do it. Tatoos are bad enough on men, but I think they’re even worse on women – they spoil the woman’s beauty – IMHO.

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