Rihanna's Blossom Pink Hair Proves Her Commitment to the 2024 Met Gala Dress Code

She debuted the bright shade on a pre-gala trip to the Miami Grand Prix.

Rihanna leaves for Miami with a head of pink hair to prepare for the 2024 Met Gala
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No one is more ready to enter "The Garden of Time" at tonight's Met Gala than Rihanna.

Heading to Formula One's Miami Grand Prix two days before fashion's biggest night, the Fenty mogul revealed just how seriously she's taking the flora and fauna-themed 2024 dress code. Rihanna was photographed with blossom pink hair cascading down her shoulders—a major switch-up from her previous honey blonde.

Rihanna departs for Miami with pink hair teasing her Met Gala 2024 look

Rihanna departed for the Miami Grand Prix in an oversize black sweatsuit—plus pink Puma sneakers to coordinate with her newly pink hair.

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As if to emphasize her color change even more, Rihanna debuted her new hair with a coordinating pair of pink Puma sneakers, juxtaposed by a relaxed black sweatsuit. Once she arrived at the Miami circuit, she parted her glossy pink hair to the side and dressed in a slinky vintage John Galliano ensemble. (More photos are available on X.)

While Rihanna is known for her bold, experimental fashion, she's also unafraid to play with her hair's color and length. Rihanna last dyed her hair a shade of bubblegum pink—and chopped it into a pixie cut—in 2014.

This time around, the Anti singer confirmed her pink dye is part of a bigger narrative: going all-in on her hair and makeup for Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute benefit. Regarding her Met Gala outfit, "I'm actually keeping it real simple this year," she told Extra in a recent interview. "It's gonna come to what my makeup and what my hair is going to do."

A woman, Rihanna, with sleek blonde hair, middle parted with side bangs.

Just days ago, Rihanna had side-parted blonde hair with long side bangs.

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Rihanna frequently works with celebrity hairstylist Yusef on her red carpet glam. Just before drenching her hair in pink, the pair tested a honey blonde shade with bangs for a Fenty Beauty event. Marie Claire has reached out to Yusef's team for further details about her Met Gala hairstyle; we'll update this post as soon as we hear back.

Rihanna attends the 2023 Met Gala in a white Maison Valentino gown with a floral hood

Rihanna arrived at the 2023 Met Gala with her hair concealed under the hood of her Maison Valentino gown. Halfway up the steps, she removed it to reveal a slicked-back updo.

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There's no telling exactly how celebrities arriving on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's famed steps tonight will interpret the dress code until they arrive—but beauty experts have a few predictions. Makeup artists who spoke with Marie Claire anticipate that 2024's Met Gala beauty trends will range from whimsical nail art to period hairstyles, glowy, ethereal skin, and flower crowns (of course).

There are still several hours before Rihanna shows the world what an evening in "The Garden of Time" looks like to her. Based on past installments, the Fenty mogul will most likely save her grand entrance for nearly last—she's known for ascending the steps toward the end of the night.

Marie Claire editors will update this post with a full look at Rihanna's 2024 Met Gala beauty as soon as she hits the carpet.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.