In her ten Video Music Awards appearances, Beyoncé has managed to fit in 15 outfits. Though her affinity for fur, sequins, and fringe hasn't dissipated, it's clear she's come a long way since coordinating with Michelle and Kelly under the watchful eye of Tina Knowles and the House of Deréon.
Here's a look at all of her VMA outfits.
Before Beyoncé was running the world, she and the House of Deréon were busy coordinating matching outfits for Destiny’s Child. Here, we find all three ladies wearing head-to-toe black leather from the choker that Kelly Rowland to the studded boots that Michelle Williams is wearing. What really pulls the look off is the set of matching sculpted leather corsets, each outfitted with hundreds of little rhinestones and complemented with hot pants (Kelly), leather pants (Michelle Williams) and a maxi skirt (Bey). To go even deeper into this look, you can watch archival footage of Destiny's Child getting ready for the 2000 VMAs on House of Style !
If it wasn't abundantly clear that the ladies of Destiny's Child call Texas home, consider this official statement that they made at the 2001 MTV VMAs. Between the coral fringed outfits, turquoise jewelry, and boots, I wouldn't be surprised to hear their ensembles came with wolf howls and Kokopelli iconography for that complete Southwest experience.
Destiny's Child was pulling double duty as both guests and presenters in 2001, and what does double-duty mean? Double the outfits, of course! The trio went with denim outfits that there were laced up in different combinations.
2003 was the year that Beyoncé released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, but it was also the year the VMAs got a taste of Beyonce the performer and quick-change artist with one hell of an entrance. For her performance, Queen Bey floated down to the stage headfirst wearing red and gold harem pants, gold heels, and a gold halter top with bow detail.
Which she later upgraded to gold hot pants and a fox fur stole.
And, um, is that a crystal belly ring? Yep. It was early aughts—we were all a little "crazy in love" with some body jewelry. (In fact, some of us still are...)
Unsurprisingly, Beyoncé won three out of the four awards that she was nominated for, and she collected all of them wearing a sparkly gold trench dress.
While Austin Powers: Goldmember might have been released two years prior to this red carpet appearance, the film and her character Foxxy Cleopatra were still making ripples in Bey's wardrobe. She showed up to the 2004 VMAs looking like 24K Barbie in a gold shorts suit with a jewel-encrusted collar and cuffs and gold strappy heels.
2005 was the year that Beyoncé transitioned from gold to another precious metal: silver. It was the also the year that Bey was in Dreamgirls, and her silver, crystal-infused dress with its '70s silhouette seems like a love letter to Diana Ross and the rest of the Supremes. The wooden hoop earrings and bangles are refreshingly on point as well.
Later on the white carpet, Michelle and Kelly joined Bey in ruched lime-green and blue body-skimming dresses. Like every great girl-group photo, there's a common thread that ties all of their outfits together. This time it's the crystal accents on their bodices, shoes, and jewels.
Beyoncé is a consummate professional, and like a hyper-bodied phoenix, she only appears more polished and beautiful every single time she appears. You thought last year's Dreamgirls-inspired outfit was all that? Cute. Beyonce's art piece/dress at the 2006 VMAs not only had crystal enhancements, but also faceted metal accents.
Here we find Beyoncé, or what I like to call the return of Spider-Yonce, from the 2003 VMAs. This time Spider-Yonce one-upped our neighborhood-friendly web-slinger by dropping from the ceiling in a floor-length, oversized khaki trench and over-the-knee patent leather boots. Very Inspector Gadget. But, like, hot.
Midway through her performance, the Fashion Police try to take Beyoncé away, but she shrugs them off and reveals her second performance outfit: a printed corset over a long-sleeved bodysuit, leather gloves, and those boots.
Beyoncé arrives to the 2007 MTV VMAs in a leggy, grecian Reem Acra frock in what else? Her favorite color: gold.
Beyoncé opted for a more traditional red carpet look for the 2009 MTV Video Awards. This time she opted for a short, fire-engine red dress designed by Roberto Cavalli. Bey wore it onstage to accept her award for Video of the Year for "Single Ladies" and took the opportunity to share the spotlight with Taylor Swift.
Her performance outfit, however, was anything but traditional. Beyoncé showed up in a silver appliqué bodysuit with one metallic Lorraine Schwartz glove. What else would you wear while doing fancy Fosse footwork?
Beyoncé arrived looking gorgeous (but, really, when doesn't she?) in an orange, one-shouldered Lanvin, but it wasn't until her performance later that evening that she really surprised us.
Bey intro'd her 2011 performance of "Love on Top" by stating that she wanted us "to feel the love that’s growing inside of [her],” hinting to the world at large that she was pregnant. It wasn't until the end of her performance, though, that she stripped open her Dolce & Gabbana purple sequin blazer to show the baby bump concealed underneath. Hi, Blue!
In 2014, she killed it on the red carpet in a black beaded Nicolas Jebran gown with insane Lorraine Schwartz earrings (do those hurt, bb?) and sheer lace in all the right places.
She topped off the night in a burgundy Zuhair Murad gown that totally kept on theme with her sheer-in-all-the-right-places look from the red carpet. She accessorized with statement earrings and out-of-this-world rings.
In 2016, Bey brought along Blue Ivy as her date. They coordinated in sequins and Blue accessorized with a crown. Hey, she's learning from the best.
Not long after, she took the stage in a head-to-toe white look. It may've been August, but Beyoncé broke out a fur coat anyway.
Beneath all the white fabric was a black lace bodysuit, which was also happened to be covered in fringe.
Bey accepted the Moonman for Best Female Video in a lace pantsuit, complete with a cape. She accessorized with her own mic, which she carried onto stage with her.
Following her performance, she changed into another all-white ensemble, and descended upon us like the angel that she is.
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