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15 Celebrities Who Attempted (And Mostly Failed) To Do Hammer Pants Justice

MC Hammer turned 50 on Friday! He may be done with his namesake pants — but plenty of celebrities have attempted to bring them back over the years.

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A few years ago, Hammer pants — also known as harem pants — became a truly disturbing fashion trend on the runways. Celebrities everywhere started wearing them, in all sorts of colors, patterns, and volumes. But while MC Hammer himself said in 2009 that he's distancing himself from the pants, practically every celebrity in recent memory has worn them, in public, in front of cameras, gleaming with confidence (why?). In honor of Mr. Hammer's 50th birthday today, I graded some celebrity attempts to do for the pants what the man did himself.

1. Naomi Campbell: B-

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When you are Naomi Campbell and you pal around with "Vogue" editor André Leon Talley while he is wearing a blush-colored croc coat, magenta velvet slippers, and an embellished turban, you can pretty much be fabulous wearing anything.

4. Gwen Stefani: C+

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A high score, considering how insane these look. It's only because the amount of volume crammed into one pair of pants is so impressive. It's like she's wearing an entire king-sized sheet.

9. Elle Macpherson: C+

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This is a stupid outfit, sure, but when you're Elle "the Body" Macpherson, even some leather fabric bunching around your crotch and giving you swamp ass isn't going to make you look that bad.

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