We can think of a million reasons to love Rihanna, but what easily ranks in our top five is that she never hesitates to take a fashion or beauty risk on the red carpet.
The Fenty Beauty founder has served up some of her most memorable looks at the Met Gala. RiRi attended her first Met Ball back in 2007, where the then-19-year-old beauty sparkled in a white grecian-inspired Georges Chakra gown with a crystal-embellished bodice that she accessorized with black fishnet gloves a la Madonna.
While the gloves added a bit of edge, it was a relatively demure look for the fearless fashionista, but by 2009, she had upped her fashion game with a fabulous puffy-sleeved Dolce & Gabbana suit — and she hasn’t looked back since.
She went for sleek and sexy outfits for several years, starting with a lace Stella McCartney dress featuring a sheer side panel in 2011 and an embossed Tom Ford gown in 2012. She added a little surprise in 2014 with her structured crop top and skirt combo, but it was 2015 when everything changed for the “Anti” singer.
When the Barbados native stepped onto the red carpet in her infamous yellow Guo Pei gown — yes, the one that sparked endless memes — she knew that it was a make-or-break moment for her career as a style icon.
“I remember being so scared to get out of that car because I felt like, ‘I’m doing too much,’” she recalled in a 2020 interview with Access Hollywood. “I was driving past the red carpet, and I was just seeing, like, gowns, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m a clown. People are going to laugh at me. This is like, too much.’ I thought that. I circled like three times, I’m not even joking. And finally, I was like, ‘Whatever, let’s go. Let’s just go. Let’s just go.’ I know. I don’t regret it.”
From there, the Fenty x Savage designer embraced doing the absolute most for each Met Ball theme. When the 2017 event featured a Rei Kawakuba avant-garde theme, she wore a dress that looked more like a piece of art created by the designer. When the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Church” theme was set for 2018, Rihanna rolled up looking like the pope of fashion.
From 2015’s infamous yellow train to her first year attending with ASAP Rocky, keep scrolling to see all of Rihanna’s Met Gala looks!