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Rihanna at the Met Gala: Good Girl Gone Bad

What a difference a decade makes.

When you think of Rihanna, "tame" is probably the last word that comes to mind. Yet, when she made her Met Gala debut in 2007, that was a fairly apt description. But look at her now! With the 30-year-old singer co-hosting this year's gala (theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination") alongside Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace, we look back at RiRi's red carpet evolution.

"POIRET: KING OF FASHION," 2007 Evan Agostini/Getty Images "POIRET: KING OF FASHION," 2007 Rihanna made her Met Gala debut in 2007, a mere week after her hit single "Umbrella" cracked the Billboard Hot 100. In what would arguably be her most subdued appearance at the annual ball, the singer donned a white Georges Chakra gown, paired with black mesh gloves and a single red rose. "THE MODEL AS MUSE," 2009 Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images "THE MODEL AS MUSE," 2009 Still relatively demure by today's standards, Rihanna traded in light for dark, sporting a black Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo with stilettos. "ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY," 2011 Kevin Mazur/WireImage "ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY," 2011 For an evening celebrating the late British designer Alexander McQueen's work, the songstress opted for a black lace dress by his countrywoman Stella McCartney. She finished the look with a navel-grazing side braid. "SCHIAPARELLI AND PRADA: IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS," 2012 TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images "SCHIAPARELLI AND PRADA: IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS," 2012 Rihanna took a walk on the wild side in an embossed alligator leather dress from Tom Ford. The view from the back TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images The view from the back "CHARLES JAMES: BEYOND FASHION," 2014 Karwai Tang/FilmMagic "CHARLES JAMES: BEYOND FASHION," 2014 If you've got it, flaunt it! For the 2014 fete, Rihanna bared her killer abs in a white two-piece gown, also designed by McCartney. "CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS," 2015 TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images "CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS," 2015 Here is where Rihanna really began embracing the event's themes. The work of Chinese designer Guo Pei (who had two pieces in the eponymous museum exhibit), the gold cape-gown was the night's undeniable showstopper. "Only [she] could wear it," Pei told Fashionista of the outfit, which took nearly two years to make. "Not everyone can handle that dress." A look at the very long embellished train. The ensemble weighed-in at 55 lbs. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images A look at the very long embellished train. The ensemble weighed-in at 55 lbs. "REI KAWAKUBO/COMME DES GARCONS: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN," 2017 Jackson Lee/FilmMagic "REI KAWAKUBO/COMME DES GARCONS: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN," 2017 The singer owned the red carpet in a floral architectural piece from the designer of the hour, Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo. Rihanna was one of only nine attendees who flaunted the avant-garde fashion house's creations. (While some found the outfit over-the-top, scores of fans supported Rihanna — and her on-theme ensemble — on Twitter.)