See What A 17-Year-Old Rihanna Wore At Her Very First VMAs

erika harwood, MTV.com
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Rihanna’s been a mainstay at the VMAs, attending almost every show since 2005. With that many appearances over the course of her continuous style evolution, it’s only obvious that she’s given us some great and memorable looks. Whether she’s rocking a belly chain or just showing up in jeans, Rihanna never ceases to make a strong sartorial statement at the VMAs. Check out all her looks below!

2005

MIAMI - AUGUST 28:  MTV Puerto Rico VJ Rihanna arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

Rihanna’s first time at the VMAs was way, way back in 2005 when the show had a Diddy moment by going to Miami and laying down a white carpet. Rihanna was an actual baby at the age of 17 and wore a belly chain and cropped sequin vest. We had no idea what she was going to bless us with in the years to come. We were so naïve. Forgive us, Rihanna.

2006

Rihanna during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Kickoff Concert at Battery Park at Battery Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for MTV.com)

Riri was alllll over the VMAs in 2006. She started off the award show weekend by performing at the kickoff concert wearing a belt so 2006 that middle school me is currently somewhere in the universe weeping.

Rihanna (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Rogers & Cowan)

She then hit up the gifting suit because, like all of us, Rihanna loves a good swag bag. She wore a short-sleeved black turtleneck and paired it with a brown purse because Rihanna doesn’t follow trends, she makes them.

Rihanna at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

Then it was time for the red carpet, where she wore a mini A-line silk dress with sequin embellishments. She looked like a literal princess. Probably because she is.

Rihanna and Ne-Yo, presenters Ringtone of the Year (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)

She then graced the stage alongside Ne-Yo to present the award for Ringtone of the Year. Yes.Ringtone of the Year.

2007

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The shift from 2006 to 2007 Rihanna is jarring and incredible. She chopped off her hair, dyed it black, and cut it into the asymmetrical bob that went on to be the hairstyle of 2007-2008. She donned a hot pink mermaid gown, situating herself as the style icon she is today.

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Rihanna ended up taking home not one, but two Moonmen that year for Monster Single of the Year and Video of the Year for “Umbrella.”

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Singer Rihanna performs on stage during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

She then performed the award-winning song, wearing a low-cut black leotard and matching fedora. Rihanna could probably wear a fedora right now and I would go out and buy one. She is the fedora’s only hope.

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09:  (l-r) Musician Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and singer Rihanna perform in the Fantasy Lounge during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Later, she joined Fall Out Boy in the Fall Out Boy Fantasy Suite to play her song “Shut Up and Drive.” She changed into a short A-line dress with a gold chain belt and wore one black glove.

2008

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards  at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

In true Rihanna style, she showed up at the 2008 show with a whole new look. Her hair was an edgier cut with a blonde streak through it and she wore a simple strapless dress and white heels for the red carpet.

But she turned the up edginess up even more when it came time for her performance of “Disturbia” and “Seven Nation Army,” changing into thigh-high lace up boots and a v elaborate black leotard.

2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Eminem and Rihanna perform on stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/EM/WireImage)

Princess Rihanna performed “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem during the 2010 show. This was “Only Girl in the World”-era Rihanna, and it is flawless. The curly red hair, the long tutu, the sequined headband. I am a ghost.

2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

2012 was a huge VMA year for Rihanna (I mean, they all are, but you know). She and Drake were nominated for the most awards with 5 nominations, and she showed up to the red carpet with a pixie cut looking like a Greek goddess in a long, white, toga-esque gown.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Rihanna accepts award onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

She ended up winning Video of the Year (again) for her song with Calvin Harris, “We Found Love.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Rihanna performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

She swapped her gown for red leather pants and a long sheer top for her performance of “Cockiness (Love It)” and “We Found Love.”

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Rihanna attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/WireImage)

While she didn’t perform during the show, she did sit back and enjoy a bucket of popcorn. Rihanna: She’s just like us.

What was your favorite Rihanna VMA look?