Rihanna is a fashion wildcard, alternating between high fashion elegance and, well, this. But when she showed up for the 2012 MTV VMAs on Thursday night, she shocked us: she was the epitome of class.

The first thing we noticed, of course, was Rihanna's short hair, which she chopped off just a few days ago and officially debuted on Thursday's red carpet.

The 24-year-old's close-cropped 'do instantly reminded us of Halle Berry in the 2000s; in other words: we love it. As for the frock, her white tie-back gown is perfect glamour, like a Grammys dress or an Oscars dress, draping behind her as she strode into perform (and invariably change into a ton of other outfits.)

Check out Rihanna's hair and dress on the red carpet below!

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See the rest of the VMA fashion!

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  • Taylor Swift in J. Mendel

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  • Miley Cyrus

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  • Katy Perry in Elie Saab

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  • Rihanna

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  • Nicki Minaj

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  • Demi Lovato

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  • Pink

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  • Alicia Keys

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  • Ke$Ha

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  • Ezra Miller & Emma Watson

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  • Emma Watson

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  • Zoe Saldana

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  • Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose

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  • Amber Rose

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  • McKayla Maroney in Erin By Erin Fetherston, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas & Alexandra Raisman

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  • Gabby Douglas

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  • Rita Ora

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  • One Direction

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  • Regina Spektor

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  • Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong & Mike Dirnt of Green Day

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  • Jessica Szohr

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  • Maria Menounos

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  • RuPaul

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  • Holland Roden in Pamella Roland

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  • Riff Raff

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  • Ne-Yo

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  • Alex Frnka

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  • Andrew Dost, Nate Ruess & Jack Antonoff

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  • Kat Graham

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  • Kayleigh Goldsworty

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  • Deena Cortese

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  • Ronnie Ortiz-Magro & Samantha Rae "Sammi" Giancola

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  • Missy Franklin

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  • Tyga

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  • Tyler Posey

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  • Bonnie Mckee

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  • Amy Paffrath

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  • Elizabeth Reaser

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  • Colton Haynes

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  • Christine Scott Bennett

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  • Calvin Harris

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  • Jesse Williams

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  • Tyler Hoechlin

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  • Sway Calloway & Tauheed Epps

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  • 2 Chainz

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