The Evolution of the "Naked Dress"

Same shock tactic, many wearers.

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It's glaringly obvious on any red carpet that skin is more in than ever. Here, we celebrate some of the world's most fearless female celebs in all their body-baring glory. (Warning: NSFW!)

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Jenna Dewan-Tatum wore a plunging v-neck gown with a high slit at the 2017 American Music Awards.

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Bebe Rexha

Rexha doned a sheer sparkling strapless dress at the 2017 American Music Awards.

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Kehlani

Kehlani posed in a sheer black dress at the 2017 American Music Awards.

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Demi Lovato

Lovato rocked a black strapless Ester Abner gown at the 2017 American Music Awards.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Jenna Dewan-Tatum was spotted Monday night at the premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle wearing a sheer Zac Posen gown. As they say—business in the front, party in the back.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara has really taken to the naked dress trend lately—you could almost say it's become her red-carpet uniform. She wore this sheer dress to the premiere of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in Mexico City.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne definitely knows how to dress to a theme. The supermodel/actress brought the most fitting sexy, space vibes to the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets premiere.

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Bella Hadid

The supermodel has been shutting down every Cannes red carpet she's been on, and her amFAR gala look is no exception. Hadid wears a custom crystal Ralph & Russo couture gown and a pair of strappy silver René Caovilla heels to match.

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Kendall Jenner

Fitting that Kendall's Met Gala 2017 dress is made by famed lingerie brand La Perla.

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Kylie Jenner

This Atelier Versace number at the 2017 Met Gala reminds one of Beyoncé's epic 2015 dress, no?

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La La Anthony

Anthony copped some Beyoncé vibes of her own on the 2017 Met Gala red carpet, courtesy of this now-famous pose.

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Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo wore this Julien Macdonald gown to the Billboard Latin Music Awards, featuring so many cut-outs there's basically more skin than fabric. The Naked Dress vibes are that much stronger thanks to a thigh-high slit.

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Kim Kardashian

She's no stranger to the naked dress, but this might just be the most naked yet. Kim wore a black mesh dress with a matching jacket to the Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Nicki Minaj

The rapper delivered killer curves in a navy blue gown with strategic cut-outs and sheer paneling for some serious side-butt action.

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Ashley Graham

Graham served it UP showing off her killer frame in an intricately-beaded charcoal gown and sexy underpinnings.

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Beyoncé

Queen Bey shut down the VMAs red carpet in this Francesco Scognamiglio Fall 2016 look, boasting statement-making plume on top and see-through crystal beaded detail on the bottom.

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Diane Kruger

Serving up major boudoir vibes, Kruger attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party in this embellished, lingerie-like burgundy number.

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Gwen Stefani

Stefani was a red-hot siren due in large part to the strategically-placed petals on this Yanina Couture creation.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence may have arrived late to the Oscars, but she did so fashionably and nakedly in this lacy, see-through, and plume-adorned Dior Couture gown.

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Jada Pinkett Smith

Some context: JPS wore this sheer Zuhair Murad gown to a screening of Concussion, which stars her husband Will Smith. No one ever said plus-ones couldn't steal the spotlight.

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Jennifer Lopez

It's not her famed Versace dress per se, but the transparent nature of Lopez's sheer, floral appliqué cape dress was totally reminiscent of her OG naked dress moment.

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Paula Abdul

While presenting at the AMAs, Abdul opted for an outfit change that was waaay more risqué, but still elegant: this sheer mermaid gown with floral detail.

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Ciara

All eyes were on CiCi at the AMAs, who showed off her robust physique in this artfully embellished, nearly naked Reem Acra gown.

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Gwen Stefani

Stefani's look took a decidedly dark, yet sultry turn as she showed off her skivvies in this sheer, ruffly number.

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Tove Lo

The Swedish star's corseted lattice work dress may have been lining-free, but she had skin-colored pasties and underwear to sneakily cover her lady bits.

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Rihanna

The singer stepped out in a BBHMM-green-hued fishnet dress that bared her bikini top and thong.

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Britney Spears

Spears' buff midriff was her best accessory in this golden fringe number.

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FKA Twigs

Twig shows off her robust dancer's physique in a see-through Atelier Versace bustier dress.

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Nicki Minaj

Minaj shows off major cleavage in a sheer, metallic gold dress by Labourjoisie.

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Chrissy Teigen

Teigen left her underpinnings at home in this floor-length, beaded fringe number with sheer panels along the hips.

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Mariah Carey at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

A flesh-toned sheath is made a liiiiiiittle less scandalous with a black bra instead of a nude one.

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Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Lanvin Show

What happens if the wind blows?

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Rita Ora at the 2015 'Vanity Fair' Oscars After Party

This sheer black paneled naked dress manages to feel chic *while* it's dropping your jaw.

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Irina Shayk at the 2015 'Vanity Fair' Oscars After Party

Did Irina and Rita call each other to coordinate first?

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Bleona Qereti at the 2014 American Music Awards

There's something super '90s about this look—maybe it's the Rose McGowan vibe we're picking up on.

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Rihanna at the 2014 amfAR Inspiration Dinner in Los Angeles

Get a closer look at Rihanna's Tom Ford gown here.

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Lady Gaga at Belgium jazz club L'Archiduc in September 2014

It doesn't get much more naked than a panel of sheer fabric over...basically nothing.

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Amber Rose at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Click through all the looks from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards here.

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Kate Moss at Riccardo Tisci's 40th birthday bash, 2014

Kate Moss is not human. This bikini/fishnet number is proof.

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Rihanna's Back at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards...

It's amazing to think how many people it took to make something so sheer.

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...And Rihanna's Front at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

It's no surprise this was a bit of a scandal. Meanwhile media outlets everywhere whipped out their most creative cropping skills.

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Miley Cyrus at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival

Do the nipple covers make this dress less naked? Not really...

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Iggy Azalea at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

A naked dress in the truest sense—skin-toned, sheer, strategically-placed overlays.

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Melody Thornton at ELLE's 2012 Women in Music awards

The Pussycat Doll left very little to the imagination.

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Lady Gaga's front at the 2011 CFDA Awards

Rihanna wasn't the first to bare all at the CFDAs. When Lady Gaga won the Fashion Icon award she, too, went for lots of sheer...

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Lady Gaga's back at the 2011 CFDA Awards

... and mooned the audience.

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Coco Austin at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards

The G-string is a particularly naked touch.

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Kelly Brook at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards

You might have to look closely to see this one on your computer screen, but Kelly Brook is definitely going for a topless vibe here.

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Toni Braxton at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Those panels aren't fooling anyone, Toni—you're in your birthday suit under there.

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Rose McGowan's Front at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards...

The look that launched the never-ending trend.

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...And Rose McGowan's Back at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards

This took GUTS.

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Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in 'Sex and the City' in 1998

One of the most memorable "naked dresses" (it was DKNY) from season one of SATC in 1998.

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Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell at an Elite Model Agency party in September 1993

Kate makes another appearance on this list, 11 years earlier.

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Marilyn Monroe at the White House in 1962

The original wearer of the naked dress? Marilyn Monroe. She was known for wearing dresses that made you wonder "am I seeing something I'm not supposed to see?" on several occasions, most notably in Some Like It Hot and when singing Happy Birthday to President Kennedy in 1962.

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