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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 magic a 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.

After postponement and cancellation due to the pandemic, part one of the 2021 Met Gala took place on Sept. 13, 2021, centered on the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” Now, we can finally mark our calendars for part two slated, once again, for the first Monday in May, 2022. The second installment is rounding out the theme with “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” with a dress code of “gilded glamour.”

And while the fashion icon will not be in attendance for 2022, each of her looks are worth revisiting.

Met Gala 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.

Met Gala 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.

Met Gala 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.

Met Gala 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.

Met Gala 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.

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