Madonna Reflects On The Wardrobe Malfunction That Almost Ended Her Career

Taylor Sakellis
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It's hard to explain to kids today just how influential Madonna was in the '80s. Before the age of social media, everything pop culture revolved around the music industry. Madonna was a trendsetter in both music and fashion. Think about any iconic '80s looks — chances are they belonged to Madonna. Fingerless gloves, anyone??

Now, the singer is reflecting on the wardrobe malfunction that almost ended her career right before it took off.

I want to take you back to 1984. A year that was shaped by Madonna's hit "Like A Virgin."

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Everything Madonna wore was influential. Her music was shaping a whole new genre of pop.

It's hard to explain just how important she was to pop culture at that time.

While chatting with Jimmy Fallon in a recent interview, Madonna recalled her MTV Video Music Awards performance of the hit that year.

Of course, she assumed singing the song on national TV in 1984 would be controversial enough, but as it turned out the young pop star suffered an almost career-ending wardrobe malfunction.

"It turned out that the controversial thing wasn't the song itself. It was my performance at the MTV Awards," she recalled.

During the performance, the "Like a Virgin" singer walked down the steps of a large wedding cake set when one of her shoes got stuck and fell off.

"I was trying to do this smooth move, like, dive for the shoe and make it look like choreography," she explained. "And my dress flipped up, and my butt was showing."

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"Can you imagine? Those were the days when you shouldn't show your butt to have a career. Now it's the opposite," she joked.

"It happened by accident, and I didn't even know my butt was showing. And it wasn't even like, the whole butt. It was like a butt cheek. Like, half of a butt cheek," she explained.

"When I went backstage, my manager told me my career was over with."

Thankfully that was NOT the case, and Madonna went on to make fabulous music for decades to come!