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The Freak Show: Grime, Glitter and Girl Power at Barbee Bdubs' Fashion Show

Backstage with the women behind Amber Rose's VMA red carpet look.
November 14, 2015, 4:00pm

You may not know the names Brittnay DeShields and Iris Barbee Bonner, but if you saw the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, you know their work. The Philadelphia-based pair behind the clothing line Barbee Bdubs designed the jumpsuits worn by Amber Rose and Blac Chyna that sparked a firestorm of debate about feminism and slut shaming. The Barbee Bdubs creations were emblazoned with the words "bitch", "gold digger", "fag" and "slut"—"It really turned out to be a good message," said DeShields.

"The Freak Show," the designers' first collaboration and collection, was created in just four weeks after the VMAs. "It's women's empowerment. That's what I would call it," said Bonner of the designs' girl-power message. "You've got to be really confident, you know, to wear certain things that I have."