Lifestyle Style For Rihanna, VMA Stands for 'Very Minimal Attire' The singer's red carpet mantra: "Show off as much skin as possible." So to celebrate her Video Vanguard Award at this year's MTV VMAs, we're rounding up her most naked outfits of all time By Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico is PEOPLE's Deputy Style Director, where she oversees the brand's digital Style and Beauty coverage. This includes running lead on the Met Gala, which is among PEOPLE.com's top-trafficked red carpet events every year, interviewing the industry's top influencers (including all the Kardashian-Jenners), and breaking A-list celeb news (a New Jersey shore native, it is no surprise that her favorite interview ever was with Bruce Springsteen). Brittany is a style contributor to People Every Day Podcast and has represented the brand on national TV programs including Good Morning America and The CW's two TV specials on the British Royals. She joined PEOPLE from Cosmopolitan in 2013, where she was an Associate Editor. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 22, 2016 01:27 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 13 CFDA FASHION AWARDS, 2014 Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty To accept the Fashion Icon Award, Rih lived up to the title in an unforgettably NSFW look -- a custom Adam Selman design, consisting of a “fishnet dress, gloves and headscarf … hand-embellished with over 216,000 Swarovski crystals." 02 of 13 BARBADOS CROP OVER FESTIVAL, 2015 Splash News The Bajan beauty showed her hometown pride at Kadooment Day in a custom whiplash-inducing costume by designer Lauren Austin featuring a peacock feathered headdress and matching Mockingjay-inspired wings, plus a crystal encrusted bra and underwear set. "She is the most down to earth, amazing, sweetest and kindest person you can meet," Austin told the blog Metro Caribbean. "She is not fussy at all, never had a problem with any pieces that I designed for her and she always wears it well." 03 of 13 MET GALA, 2014 Larry Busacca/Getty What you can't see? This Stella McCartney two-piece creation (which she wore with a 116-carat Jacob & Co. diamond choker) has a completely bare back. 04 of 13 MET GALA AFTERPARTY, 2014 NCP/Star Max/GC Images She went from showing a lot of abs to baring a little butt crack in a gold Stella McCartney gown with a daringly low back. 05 of 13 AMFAR LA INSPIRATION GALA, 2014 Jason Merritt/Getty The singer rarely wears a bra, so a gown with built-in nipple covers is probably her dream dressing scenario. (The gown's designer, Tom Ford, couldn't have been more delighted — after all, he penned an ode to her breasts after seeing her in the gown.) 06 of 13 PRE-GRAMMY GALA, 2014 Kevin Mazur/WireImage A dress with a high slit and plunging neckline (like this vibrant yellow Alexandre Vauthier design) is basically Rihanna's version of jeans and a tee. 07 of 13 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, 2013 Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Sure, her beaded Jean Paul Gaultier bustier and high-waisted sheer lace skirt were both wave-making, but it was the star’s Dominican doobie wrap hairstyle that had everyone talking. 08 of 13 GRAMMYS, 2012 Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Rihanna said this custom Armani gown was inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Scarface, and it was as much of an intoxicating instant classic as the movie. 09 of 13 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, 2012 Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage Back at it again! RiRi stunned in a curve-hugging white backless Adam Selman gown and picked up the Video of the Year Moonman for her hit "We Found Love." 10 of 13 GRAMMYS, 2011 Krista Kennell/Sipa Here's a reminder of the time Rihanna narrowly avoided a wardrobe malfunction in a white bridal-inspired gown by Jean Paul Gaultier featuring super-sexy sheer paneling. 11 of 13 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, 2009 AP Photo/Chris Pizzello The floral laser cutouts on this sculptural Marchesa dress may have been girlie, but the design was anything but demure thanks to the hemline and exposed bodysuit underneath. 12 of 13 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, 2007 Chris Polk/FilmMagic If you're under Rihanna's "Umbrella," pants are strictly optional. 13 of 13 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, 2005 Alexander Tamargo/Getty At her first VMAs, Rihanna proved she was a fashion trailblazer who wouldn't play by anyone's style rules wearing a tiny nude crop top, sequin vest and a pair of white jeans accessorized with a body chain and bedazzled sandals.