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Zendaya's All-Time Greatest Met Gala Looks, Ranked

From impressive to iconic.

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As Zendaya makes her highly anticipated return to the Met Gala, let’s take a look back at her most iconic moments (aka all of them). Here they are, ranked from simply impressive to absolutely iconic.

6. Zendaya’s Sun Goddess Tiara at Met Gala 2015

It’s not surprising that Zendaya’s first Met Gala look was her most youthful. The look, designed Fausto Puglisi, was short and sweet, with sharp edges featuring a sun design.

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Despite the stunning sun motif that extended from Zendaya’s long train to her tiara, belt, and cuffs, this is definitely the most understated of the Euphoria star’s Met Gala ensembles.

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5. Zendaya’s Futuristic Mod 2016 Met Gala ‘Fit

Zendaya’s curve-hugging gown designed by Michael Kors fit the actress beautifully in 2016, but the star of the look was definitely the actor’s stunning bowl cut.

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For many folks, this was the first moment they realized that Zendaya is a true fashion chameleon who can pull off *literally* any look. The smokey eye and face-framing short hair look rendered her entirely glam and almost unrecognizable.

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4. Zendaya’s Joan of Arc ‘Fit at Met Gala 2018

Zendaya nailed the theme at the 2018 Met Gala in a stunning full armor look designed by Versace. The theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and Zendaya went full Joan of Arc, plus some auburn micro bangs.

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The floor-length, chainmail gown featured some truly stunning metalwork and the hard edge of the style was softened by her lit-from-within glam, softly waved bob, and delicate jewelry.

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3. Zendaya’s Floral Natural Curl Look at the 2017 Met Gala

Zendaya’s floral Dolce & Gabbana tropical ballgown featuring parrot and floral patterning at the 2017 Met Gala was undoubtedly gorgeous, but her natural hair texture stole the show.

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While the overall look from the full skirt to her full bangs and bold red lip was all opulence and timeless glamour, I remember talking about Zendaya’s hair for days after she stepped out in this look. It’s definitely one for the record books.

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2. Zendaya’s Cinderella Moment at Met Gala 2019

For her fifth year at the Met Gala, Zendaya showed up and out in a color-changing Tommy Hilfiger gown, proving that she understood the assignment.

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Not only was the ballgown with puff sleeves, the pumpkin purse, and the rest of the look a pitch-perfect embodiment of the Met Gala’s “camp” theme, but the Disney alum went above and beyond with some technicolor special effect solidifying her status as a fashion icon.

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Zendaya’s Edgy Return at Met Gala 2024

After a five-year hiatus, Zendaya made a show-stopping comeback at the 2024 event, walking the red carpet as co-chair for the first time.

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To match the theme, the actor ditched method dressing for Challengers and went all in on “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” wearing a Maison Margiela mermaidcore gown adorned with hummingbirds.

Never thought I’d say this, but her stylist, Law Roach, outdid himself with this one.

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