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If you hadn’t received the memo or weren’t invited to the party, let me just make it plain: Rihanna is kinda, sorta, pretty much the queen of this Met Gala thing these days. While countless stars show up in the same old award show gowns and in something that gives then any old excuse to show off some skin, Ri Ri manages to have fun with each year’s theme and leave jaws dropped in her wake. If we were A-listers who could afford the pricey ticket to the annual costume gala, our style choices would be similar to the 29-year-old’s.

Rihanna Met Gala

However, it wasn’t always A+ fashion choices from the Bajan bad girl. But she has come a mighty long way from her very first Met Gala invite in 2007. Check out the beauty’s fashion evolution from over the years and see why she’s not only the style queen of the Met Gala, but also of the Gala’s after-parties.

Rihanna Met Gala

2007: “Poiret: King of Fashion”

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