See Jenna Ortega’s Red Carpet Style Evolve From Disney Princess to Gothic Goddess

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Jenna Ortega attends The 2023 Met Gala
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These days, we know Jenna Ortega as the goth glam star of the hit Netflix show Wednesday, but the actress wasn’t always dressing in black, edgy looks like she is now. Ortega actually started out her career on Disney Channel, starring in the sitcom Stuck in the Middle, and she had the wardrobe to match. For awhile, the actress favored bright, pattern-heavy pieces, with loads of accessories, and a matching handbag for every occasion.

Then, in 2019, her career took a dramatic turn when she was cast in season two of You. From there, the actress started taking on darker characters, starring in The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Scream, and, of course, Wednesday. Her style began to change to match her newfound role as a Scream Queen. Suddenly, Ortega was wearing much more black and heavier makeup, as it became clear that she was coming into her own on the red carpet. Still, that doesn’t mean the actress has sworn off color, and every once in a while it’s nice to see her go for something a little brighter at an event. It’s clear she’s still experimenting, and considering Wednesday was renewed for a second season, she has the time to do so. In the meantime, take a look at all of Ortega’s best red carpet looks from 2016 to now.

2023: Finestkind Premiere
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Ortega got in on two of the 2023’s biggest trends at the Finestkind premiere—balletcore and sheer fabric—as she stepped out in a lace blazer dress from Adeam. Her towering platform heels proved the perfect finish as did her silver choker.

2023: Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards
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The Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards called for even more see-through fabric from the actress. Ortega stepped out to the annual event in a glittering mesh maxi dress that she topped off with an ornate overcoat from Dior.

2023: Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2024 Show
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For the Christian Dior spring/summer 2024 show in Paris, Ortega wore a structured denim blazer with a pleated, ankle-length midnight blue skirt, and a sheer top from the brand’s resort 2024 collection.

2023: Met Gala
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Ortega stuck to her gothic, Wednesday-inspired look for the Met Gala, attending the event in an elaborate Thom Browne design.

2023: Scream VI Premiere
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When Ortega got to the Scream VI premiere, she stopped to take some photos with fans. Unfortunately, someone’s blue marker got a little too close to the actress’ Jean Paul Gaultier couture by Olivier Rousteing dress, leaving a mark on the upper right side. By that point, though, Ortega had no choice but to walk the red carpet and embrace the stain.

2023: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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The actress went for a slightly more sultry look at the 2023 SAG awards, showing up to the red carpet in an inky black, assymetric Atelier Versace gown.

2023: Saint Laurent Menswear Fall 2023 Show
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Ortega really embraced her dark, sultry side in a Saint Laurent spring 2023 hooded dress at the brand’s menswear show.

2022: Golden Globe Awards
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While recently Ortega has been embracing an edgier look, she went for something a little more traditionally feminine at the Golden Globes and opted to wear this tanned pleated dress from the Gucci spring 2023 collection.

2022: Wednesday Premiere
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Ortega was a goth Versace bride at the premiere of her hit Netflix show. She showed up to the event in a black lace and satin gown from the brand’s spring 2023 show, and even wore the veil and tiara it was presented with on the runway.

2022: MTV Movie & TV Awards
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The actress wore what seems to be her favorite color—black—to the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2022. She stepped out on the red carpet in an off-the-shoulder mini dress from the Valentino fall 2022 collection, pairing the simple look with the brand’s popular Tan-Go pumps.

2022: Met Gala
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Clearly, Ortega is a fan of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s creations, because she wore another Valentino look to the 2022 Met Gala, going all in on the PP Pink in a long-sleeved mini dress, opaque tights, and another pair of Tan-Go heels.

2020: Emma. Premiere
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Ortega wore a floral Raisa Vanessa mini dress with some jewel-encrusted accessories to the premiere of Emma. in 2020.

2019: Miss Bala Premiere
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The actress wore a blue midi skirt with a matching long-sleeved crop top to the premiere of Gina Rodriguez’s film, Miss Bala.

2018: Latin Grammy Awards
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Ortega stood out in a pink and black tulle gown with hair pins that read “Drippin’ Glam” at the Latin Grammys in 2018.

2018: Venom Premiere
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The actress attended the Venom premiere in an off-the-shoulder Mistress Rocks crop top, House of CB pants, and neon United Nude block heels.

2018: Christopher Robin Premiere
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It’s hard to imagine Ortega wearing something like this light pink tiered Cinq A Sept fall 2017 dress today.

2018: Radio Disney Music Awards
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Ortega took the opportunity of the Radio Disney Music Awards red carpet to make a political statement, seemingly responding to Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care, do you?” jacket.

2018: Ready Player One Premiere
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Ortega wore a one-shoulder, striped Tommy Hilfiger midi dress to the premiere of Ready Player One in 2018.

2018: Kids’ Choice Awards
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Hopefully this eclectic, Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi spring 2018 dress didn’t get slimed at the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2018.

2018: A Wrinkle In Time Premiere
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This super girly Anaya spring 2018 dress, featuring sparkles tulle and floral appliques, proves just how far Ortega’s style has changed over the past few years.

2017: Spider-Man: Homecoming Premiere
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The actress really embraced the film’s theme and opted to wear a custom, one-shoulder Concepto Eileen top featuring a comic book-worthy graphic. She paired the shirt with black Topshop pants, and studded Steve Madden heels.

2017: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere
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Ortega went for a more ‘70s inspired look at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere. She wore a multi-colored striped Dhela dress and opted to style her hair in a way that was very much “giving Cher.”

2017: Kids’ Choice Awards
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The actress belted a colorful MiniMe Paris shirt dress for the red carpet at the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards.

2016: Trolls Premiere
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Ortega went very casual at the premiere of Trolls in 2016, wearing a black fit-and-flare dress with black and white checked slip-on sneakers.

2016: Pete’s Dragon Premiere
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The actress wore a colorful, patterned romper and bright yellow heels to the premiere of Pete’s Dragon in 2016.

2016: Radio Disney Music Award
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The Disney star looked adorable in a colorful dress and yellow clutch at the Radio Disney Music Awards.

2016: The Jungle Book Premiere
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Ortega stuck to the theme of the event and wore a zip-up jacket featuring a tiger on the front and a crown made of silver feathers to The Jungle Book’s premiere.

2016: Miracles From Heaven Premiere
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The actress wore a dress featuring a sequin-covered bodice and a cheetah print skirt to the Miracles From Heaven premiere in 2016.

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