We can think of a million reasons why we love. RihannaHowever, what easily ranks in our top 5 is her willingness to take a fashion and beauty risk on the red carpet.
Fenty Beauty founder RiRi has sported some of her most memorable looks to the Met Gala. RiRi attended her Met Ball debut in 2007. The then-19-year old beauty wore a Georges Chakra gown with a crystal embellished bodice and white grecian-inspired Georges Chakra skirt. She accessorized it with black fishnets gloves. 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 wore sleek, sexy outfits for many years. Her first was a Stella McCartney lace Stella McCartney gown with a sheer side panel in 2011. In 2012, she wore an embossed Tom Ford Tom Ford gown. 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 will 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.”
The Fenty x Savage designer was determined to do the most for each Met Ball theme. Rei Kawakuba’s avant-garde theme was featured at the 2017 Met Ball. Rihanna wore a dress that looked more like an original piece of art. 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!