What 19 celebrities wore for their first red-carpet appearances

Brian ZAK /Jeffrey Mayer/Fred Duval /GettyImagesMany celebrities have gone through style evolutions.
  • Kim Kardashian has had a substantial style change since she walked her first red carpet.
  • Blake Lively dressed casually for her first red-carpet appearance in 2005.
  • Stars like Rihanna,Drake, and Priyanka Chopra‘s style has evolved drastically since their first red carpet appearances.

As awards season approaches, let’s take a look back at some of 2018’s biggest celebs at their first ever red carpet appearances. These may not be a celebrity’s first ever event or first photographed incident, but the first time they stepped foot on a bonafide carpet.

From skinny jeans to couture, here’s what 19 of your favourite celebrities wore to their first red carpet appearances.


Cardi B pulled off a colourful look at the 2016’s VH1 Hip Hop Honours.

Michael Loccisano / StaffHer dress was quite the statement piece.

Though it would be a year before she released her breakout song “Bodak Yellow,” the former “Love and Hip Hop: New York” star turned heads in this colourful number at the VH1 Hip Hop Honours awards show in 2016.


Blake Lively dressed casually for her first red-carpet appearance in 2005.

Steve Granitz /GettyImagesThe low cut jeans were very ’90s.

Yes, it’s technically an “orange carpet,” but Lively made her carpet debut at the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in support of “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.” Perhaps in honour of the film’s theme, she opted for a pair of low-rise ripped jeans for the occasion.


Emily Blunt wore a cheery dress to the Sydney Film Festival in June 2005.

Paul McConnell/Getty ImagesBlunt was not a fan of this look.

At the Sydney Film Festival in June 2005., Blunt wore a simple black dress and a matching scarf and handbag.

Read more: Emily Blunt called her first red-carpet look ‘horrible,’ and it shows how much her style has evolved


Chrissy Teigen was bronzed and glitzy at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Frazer Harrison /GettyImagesJohn Legend and Chrissy Teigen are now married.

Teigen rocked a silver gown to the 2008 Grammy Awards with John Legend, whom she had just started dating.


Emma Stone rocked skinny jeans to her first red carpet.

Jon Kopaloff /GettyImagesThe look was very early 2000’s.

Stone showed up to the “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” premiere in 2007 in a fitted jacket, white tee, and skinny jeans for an overall business casual look.


Michael B. Jordan suited up for an awards show in 2003.

Robin Platzer /GettyImagesJordan is pictured on the far left.

Jordan, who was starring on “All My Children” at the time, joined his soap opera co-stars at the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2003 in a striped suit and silver tie combo.


J.Lo rocked a simple black midi-length dress to a movie premiere in 1995.

Ron Galella /GettyImagesLopez kept things simple.

Lopez made her red carpet debut in 1995 at the premiere of “My Family” which she attended with her high school sweetheart David Cruz.


Tiffany Haddish wore hot pink at an event in 2012.

Chelsea Lauren /GettyImagesIt was a statement look.

Years before her breakout role in “Girls Trip,” the hard-working comic rocked an off-the-shoulder pink party dress to a 2012 Nylon magazine event.


Bradley Cooper turned up at the 2002 Golden Globes with his castmates in a black-on-black ensemble.

SGranitz/GettyImagesCooper is pictured second to the left.

Cooper attended the 2002 Golden Globes in a classy black suit and his signature messy mane.


Priyanka Chopra channeled old-Hollywood glam for a Bollywood premiere in 2004.

Fred Duval /GettyImagesHer style has evolved drastically since 2004.

A few years after being named Miss World 2000, Chopra looked effortlessly demure at a 2004 event for the Bollywood film “Temptation.”


Ryan Reynolds sported a goatee in 1999.

Ron Galella /GettyImagesHe opted for a casual look.

Reynolds has grown up quite a bit since he attended the 1999 premiere of “Election” in a casual button-down, jeans, and a goatee.


Mindy Kaling kept the denim trend alive at this red carpet event in 2005.

Frazer Harrison /GettyImagesShe wore a bright red lip.

Kaling stepped out at “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” premiere in 2005, and like a lot of people on this list, she also went with a denim pant and heels for her first red carpet event.


Rihanna was the epitome of Hollywood glamour in 2005.

Brian ZAK /GettyImagesThere’s a reason she’s one of the best-dressed celebs in Hollywood.

Rihanna turned up to the 2005 Fashion Rocks Concert in a silver, sparkling gown and strappy heels.


Kim Kardashian wore all white in 2005.

Mike FANOUS /GettyImagesThe sisters rocked all white.

Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney opted for matching white dresses for an E! red carpet event in 2005. Almost a decade later she would meet Kanye West and her style would drastically change.


Drake made his red carpet debut in 2005 at the Teen Choice Awards.

Jeffrey Mayer /GettyImagesHe went for the casual look.

2005 was a big year for celebrity arrivals. Back when he was a “Degrassi” regular, Drake walked the red carpet at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards in oversized jeans and a polo.


Nicki Minaj went for a casual cool look at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2009.

Taylor Hill/GettyImagesShe wore a ‘Barbie’ necklace.

Though she often turns up in couture gowns to red carpet events, back in 2009, Minaj went to the BET Hip Hop Awards in a casual all-black body-tight get up.


Lady Gaga’s first red carpet appearance was rather low-key.

Philip Ramey Photography, LLC / GettyImagesLady Gaga has tried many looks throughout her Hollywood career.

It took a while for Gaga to reach couture meat-dress status because in 2008 she attended an event at Kitson in a simple latex bodysuit and her signature blonde wig.


Donald Glover was fresh-faced in a casual pale yellow shirt in 2009.

Angela Weiss /GettyImagesDonald Glover kept things casual in 2009.

Shortly after he made a splash on “Community,” Glover stepped out at TV Guide Magazine’s Fall Preview Party in 2009 in a casual-cool yellow button-down.


Timothee Chalamet was still in high school when he went to his first red carpet event.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/GettyImagesTimothee Chalamet opted for a funky tie.

Years before his breakout role in “Call Me By Your Name,” Chalamet was just a teen actor in a funky tie at the Entertainment Weekly Pre-SAG Party in 2013.

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