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5 Times Zendaya Was The Belle Of The Met Ball

From her Cinderella gown to her armor dress.

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Zendaya's Met Gala red carpet looks have proved one solid fact: She absolutely has the range.
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As we look back over Met Galas through the years, a handful of stars come to mind as queens of the Best Dressed list. Among Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and more, Zendaya is, without a doubt, at the top of the list.

The Euphoria and Spiderman star has only been attending the Met Gala since 2015, but even in that short time span, she has had one of the best style transformations to date. From that first ball until today, Zenday’s is the most beautiful evolution to follow.

She interprets the Met Gala themes in fascinating ways. She brought the ‘camp’ concept to life with her very-own Cinderella gown by Tommy Hilfiger that lit up at the wave of a magic wand held by her celebrated stylist Law Roach. For the 2018 Met Gala’s Catholicism theme, she wore a chainmail gown from Versace that channeled Joan of Arc.

Taking place on May 1, this year’s Karl Lagerfeld-themed event titled “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” will hopefully mark Zendaya as an attendee. Fans have been waiting for the star to make a comeback on the Met steps, especially since she missed the past two years due to schedule conflicts.

This will be an exciting outing, too, as it marks Zendaya’s first Met Gala without her longtime stylist. Roach, who recently announced his retirement, previously told Bustle, “I’ll be watching for sure.”

While we wait, let’s reflect on her best looks so far.

2015: “China: Through the Looking Glass”

Zendaya attends the 2015 Met Gala wearing Fausto Puglisi.Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic/Getty Images

At her first Met Gala in 2015, Zendaya wore a Fausto Puglisi dress, complete with an intricate and beautifully designed trained. She was the moment.

2016: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Zendaya attends the 2016 Met Gala in Michael Kors.Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

Zendaya’s shimmery gold gown by Michael Kors is everything. With its regal gold shine and elegant silhouette, it’s the perfect representation of Zendaya’s style at the time.

2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”

Zendaya attends the 2017 Met Gala wearing Dolce & Gabbana.Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

This was perhaps one of the most show-stopping looks at the 2017 Met Gala. Everything from Zendaya’s voluminous hair to her bold makeup to the sweeping dress screamed glamour.

2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

Zendaya attends the 2018 Met Gala wearing Versace. Noam Galai/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Who needs a knight in shining armor when you have Zendaya in this breathtaking Versace gown? Structured yet with beautiful movement as she walked the steps, this is perhaps Zendaya’s best Met Gala gown to date.

2019: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”

Zendaya attends the 2019 Met Gala in Tommy Hilfiger.ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

The 2019 Met Gala was literally Zendaya’s time to shine. She showed up to the ball dressed as Cinderella, with her longtime personal stylist Law Roach serving as her Fairy Godmother. The gown — the tulle, puff sleeves, skirt and all — lit up with a wave of Roach’s wand. Few did camp right, and Zendaya is among them.

Additional reporting by Alyssa Lapid.

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