Over the past couple of years, it's been all about the naked dress—and Rihanna, its queen. Yet her shocking and polarizing appearance in a completely sheer, Swarovski crystal–studded Adam Selman gown at the 2014 CFDA Awards is only one of many nearly naked looks on the red carpet.
While Rihanna might be the reigning queen of the revealing red carpet look, she’s far from their originator. The naked red carpet walk dates way back into the 1990s, when Rose McGowan showed up to the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards on the arm of Marilyn Manson—wearing a sheer backless dress with nothing but a black thong underneath.
Rapper Lil' Kim was next to dominate the naked red carpet look, arriving at the 1999 VMAs in a glittering purple jumpsuit—with one breast completely exposed. Jennifer Lopez then stunned the world in a plunging, bright green Versace dress at the 2001 Grammy Awards—and with a swish of her silk chiffon tail, the naked red carpet look was officially here to stay.
Read on to find out the 13 most naked red carpet looks of all time!
For the 2013 American Music Awards, Glee star Naya Rivera wore a plunging Michael Kors gown that left very little to the imagination. The dress also had a completely open back.
At the L.A. premiere of Iron Man 3, Paltrow raised more than a few eyebrows in a dress from Antonio Berardi’s F/W 13 collection—complete with completely sheer paneling up both sides. She later told Ellen Degeneres of getting into the dress: “Everyone went scrambling for a razor.” Yikes.
For the L.A. premiere of Thor: The Dark World, Jaimie Alexander chose a very bold black dress from Azzaro—with a completely sheer panel right up the middle. She looked amazing in the dress, and it certainly had people talking.
For her appearance at the 2013 MTV European Music Awards, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea had what might be called an Angelina Jolie moment in this Dilek Hanif Spring 2011 Couture gown: Her right leg was on full display, as were some other parts she probably didn’t intend to expose.
When you’re a supermodel showing up to a red carpet with notorious modelizer Adam Levine, you go big or go home. For the 2012 Grammy Awards, the model known simply as Anne V did just that, opting for a high-cut black Anthony Vaccarello mini-dress with a cutout right at her left hip bone.
No list of public nudity would be complete without Mrs. Kardashian West. For a special fashion week dinner hosted by her pal, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, she wore a custom dress Tisci designed just for her—complete with plunging neckline and strategically placed cutouts.
The pop star has grown increasingly fond of wearing as little clothing as possible on the red carpet—a predilection that reached fever pitch when she arrived at the 2013 MTV European Music Awards wearing what appears to be a slashed T-shirt with rappers 2Pac and Biggie emblazoned on the back.
Sharon Stone wins major courage kudos for wearing this exposed look to the red carpet for the ultra-swanky amfAR Inspiration Gala in 2012. We have to admit, she looks amazing and was far ahead of the curve when it comes to showing nipples on the carpet.
At the 2001 Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton dropped plenty of jaws in a white satin gown with high slits on both sides of her body, revealing not only her thighs and hips but a little bit of her behind as well. Oh my!
The curvaceous singer hit the red carpet at the 2001 Grammy Awards on the arm of Puff Daddy (now just Diddy) wearing a revealing (and now iconic) silk-chiffon gown by Versace. Lopez just wore a new iteration of the dress while performing, proving its iconic status.
The rapper made an unforgettable showing at the 1999 VMAs when she showed up in a glittering purple jumpsuit, matching wig, and her left breast completely exposed. The look has become so iconic that even Miley Cyrus replicated it for a Halloween costume.
The actress arrived to the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards with absolutely nothing to hide. The back of her midi-length gown was constructed of little more than barely tied black threads, revealing her entire backside to the world.
To accept the CFDA’s covet-worthy Fashion Icon of the Year award, Rihanna arrived in a custom Adam Selman dress hand-inlaid with more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals. Some loved it, some hated it, but everyone noticed it.
Shop our favorite nude dresses inspired by Rihanna's gown, and head here for this year's best red carpet looks from the Emmy's.
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This story has been updated by Michelle Scanga.