the style evolution of rihanna

    before she was a bad gal

    by · April 12, 2015

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    Before there was Bad Gal RiRi, there was just a girl with a voice, a dream, and a drawer full of cropped sweatpants. In the 10 years since she was discovered and signed by Jay Z, Rihanna has transformed from the cute girl next door to an international sex and style icon. Click through the gallery to immerse yourself in the beauty, glamour, and daring that is Rihanna’s style evolution.

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    2005The mid-aughts were a time when ab-rollers reigned supreme and the more pelvis you showed, the cooler you were. Ahh, those were the days.

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    2006For her first MTV Movie Awards, Rihanna opted for a black and white detailed mini. It was classic, but safe—unlike present-day Rihanna.

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    2006When you really think about it, the CFDA Fashion Awards are exactly like a high school formal. Everyone dresses up, socializes, and then goes home and breaks open a pint of Ben & Jerry’s—or so we’d like to think.

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    2006We wish we could still fit into our 2nd grade dance costumes, too.

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    2006If Marilyn Monroe met the Tin Man, they would be so obsessed with this outfit.

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    2006Did she leave a good job in the city? Was she workin’ for the man every night and day?

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    2006After this swan moment, Rihanna really soared. And she never looked back, ever.

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    2007Pre-Kardashian waist training was a thing, here’s proof.

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    2007In a truly sentimental music industry moment, Madonna lent Rihanna her wedding dress and black gloves to attend the 2007 MET Gala. (Editor’s note: She didn’t actually.)

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    2007If Jessica Rabbit went swimming in exploded highlighter juice...

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    2008You see a highlighter yellow dress, we see the foreshadowing of Rihanna’s 2015 Grammys gown.

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    2009There was a long period of time when RiRi wore enormous structured shoulders on everything. Literally, everything.

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    2009Bitch better have my Chanel.

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    2010We all make mistakes, maybe just not in couture.

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    20102010: The year Rihanna stopped wearing real pants and we all started to come alive.

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    2011You can’t look at this dress and not remember the chain “dress” Rose McGowan wore to the ’98 VMAs.

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    2012Perhaps this was the day that Bad Gal RiRi emerged?

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    2012This Stella McCartney dress may be simple, but when accessorized with her gold bangles and collar, it’s ultra-chic.

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    2012Sure, this “costume” may have been for a stage performance, but we feel as if this is truly what Rihanna’s insides look like—plastered in pearls, dark lipstick, and lace.

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    2013This look may not be super cool or super innovative, but it is super pretty.

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    2014This look screams “I just rolled out of bed, and, yes (bitch), I woke up like this.”

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    2014Why bother wearing a full shirt when a crop top is entirely adequate? - Lessons from the Rihanna playbook

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    2014The beginning of Rihanna’s pastel empire.

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    2014Now this was a look.

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    2014Forget tassles, just pick up a bag of oversized rhinestones.

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    2014December 1, 2014: The day Rihanna taught us that it’s socially acceptable to wear a blazer sans pants—so long as you have a badass attitude.

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    2015Suri Cruise freaked out when she saw this dress (as did we, but we’ll keep that between us).

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    2015YAAAASSSSSS!
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