Miley Cyrus attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.
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By Nolan Feeney
August 31, 2015

What did Miley Cyrus wear on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards? Try what she didn’t wear—the host of MTV’s biggest night of the year showed up to the event with an outfit that did a lot with very, very little (and barely covered, uh, the essentials).

The singer promised the award show would mimic the look of her Instagram, and she’s clearly leading by example with her outfit. After getting a look at these knee-high silver boots and that Dangerously In Love-esque skirt, Lil Kim’s purple pasties from 1999 are probably crying in a drawer somewhere.

Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan.feeney@time.com.

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