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

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CFDA FASHION AWARDS, 2014

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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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."

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BARBADOS CROP OVER FESTIVAL, 2015

Rihanna jumping in Zulu International Band, Kadooment Day, Barbados.
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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."

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MET GALA, 2014

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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.

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MET GALA AFTERPARTY, 2014

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - May 5, 2014
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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.

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AMFAR LA INSPIRATION GALA, 2014

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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.)

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PRE-GRAMMY GALA, 2014

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Lucian Grainge - Show
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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.

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, 2013

2013 American Music Awards - Press Room
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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.

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GRAMMYS, 2012

CA: 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS ARRIVALS
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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.

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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, 2012

2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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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."

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GRAMMYS, 2011

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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.

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, 2009

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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.

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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, 2007

2007 MTV Video Music Awards - Show
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If you're under Rihanna's "Umbrella," pants are strictly optional.

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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, 2005

2005 MTV VMA's Hosted By Diddy - Arrivals
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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.

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