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When it comes to the red carpet at the MTV VMAs, skin is in. From ultra-plunging necklines to sexy sheer skirts, no outfit is too risqué or revealing for music’s wildest night.

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Case in point? Rose McGowan, who turned heads and dropped jaws in this completely see-through dress and exposed thong when she attended the awards with Marilyn Manson in 1998.

“Those kinds of looks were happening on the runway at the time, but I think she was the person who took it from the runway to the red carpet,” designer Maja Hanson, who created the revealing ensemble, told Page Six Style exclusively in 2020.

“I don’t remember anyone doing it before her. Other people have worn similar things since then, but she was the first to really have that ‘wow’ moment.”

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Amber Rose later channeled McGowan’s iconic look with this draped-chain getup by Laurel DeWitt in 2014.


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Lil' Kim arriving at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City

Who could forget Lil’ Kim’s purple embellished jumpsuit and matching nipple pasty from 1999? No wonder Diana Ross couldn’t resist copping a feel.

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2000 MTV Video Music Awards

When Britney Spears ripped off her suit mid-performance in 2000, viewers momentarily thought she might be naked beneath. In reality, she was wearing this embellished nude bra top and pants. Talk about a sparkly striptease!

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Christina Aguilera

From the scarf daringly worn as a halter top to the denim skirt so short it could technically qualify as a belt, everything about Christina Aguilera’s outfit at the 2002 VMAs was “dirrty.”

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

Mother Monster as mermaid? At the 2013 awards, Lady Gaga stripped down to this seashell thong bikini while performing “Applause.”

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Ciara kicked the naked dress trend a “level up” in this embellished, super sheer Givenchy in 2013.


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2015 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Can’t be tamed, indeed: Miley Cyrus dressed up like an S&M chandelier in this custom Versace getup — which essentially amounted to silver suspenders, matching thigh-high boots and a crystal loincloth — when she hosted the 2015 VMAs.

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2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Rita Ora left little to the imagination in this barely-there black Jean Paul Gaultier gown in 2018.

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Jennifer Lopez flaunted her famous curves in silver Charbel Zoe in 2014.

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2004 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

In 2004, Brooke Hogan let it all hang out in this bedazzled bikini top and matching mesh maxi skirt.


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2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Nicki Minaj showed off her “good form” at the 2018 VMAs in a nude thong bodysuit and completely see-through skirt from Off-White.

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2017 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Heidi Klum said “Auf wiedersehen” to undergarments in this gold Dundas gown in 2017.

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2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

In 2018, Blac Chyna gave viewers an eyeful in this pink chainmail Laurel DeWitt bra and skirt combo, complete with peekaboo thong.

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2019 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Normani gave viewers a little added motivation to hit the gym in 2019, when she flaunted her enviable abs in this crystal-covered Nicolas Jebran gown.

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2020 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals

The 2020 VMAs might’ve been a more low-key affair due to the COVID-19 pandemic — but thanks to Miley Cyrus and her sheer mirror-embellished Mugler gown and matching gloves, the red carpet still felt like a party.

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