In the weeks leading up to Met Gala 2021, rumors abounded as to whether Addison Rae, the D'Amelios, Emma Chamberlain, and other social media influencers would be attending fashion's biggest night out. Now, we finally have our answer: mostly yes.
The postponed Met Ball was held on September 13 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, pushed back from its signature first Monday in May. It's the first Met Gala since 2019, since COVID-19 forced last year's event to be cancelled. This year's theme, in tandem with part one of the Met exhibit, is American fashion — and the influencer set certainly came to the red carpet accordingly. (It doesn't hurt that Instagram is the official sponsor of the 2021 Costume Institute Benefit.)
Below, find out which high-profile social media stars walked the red carpet and what they wore.
In her first Met Gala experience, Addison Rae arrived on the carpet wearing 2003 Tom Ford for Gucci, a blonde lob, and her biggest smile. “I'm shaking in my boots," Addison told Ilana Glazer on the carpet about her first Met Gala. "I don't have boots on, but still.”
The influencer, known for recreating TikTok dances, is fresh off her debut movie role in Netflix's gender-swapped remake He's All That, in which she played burgeoning influencer and expert meddler Padgett Sawyer. Days prior to her Met Gala appearance, she inadvertently teased she's be there by responding to fan jokes that Lady Gaga might mistake her for a server during the event. Hey, at least she can laugh at herself.
Beauty YouTuber Jackie Aina also attended Met Gala 2021 in full glamour. And, of course, her look was on point: “American fashion but make it BLACK BARBIE," she tweeted with photos of her hot pink gown and bombshell blonde hair.
Jackie has a full slate ahead of her following Monday's storied event. As announced last year, she's executive producing and starring in a documentary called Social Beauty, which will follow a group of “Black women creating social change through beauty," The Hollywood Reporter noted. Her costars include Cydnee Black, Alissa Ashley, Whitney White, Shalom Blac, and Nyma Tang. She also launched a lifestyle brand — with room sprays, candles, and more — called Forvr Mood.
Eugene Lee Yang
Eugene Lee Yang — the filmmaker, creator, and member of the Try Guys — took the carpet by storm with gorgeous makeup to brighten up his black suit.
As one fan pointed out, it was an exciting full circle moment for Eugene: “JUST LAST YEAR THE TRY GUYS WERE MAKING A VIDEO RECREATING MET GALA LOOKS THIS IS SO SURREAL IM CRYING WOW.”
20-year-old YouTuber Emma Chamberlain rocked this year's carpet as one of the first attendees to arrive. She wore a sparkling Louis Vuitton cut-out dress with eye-popping lime green eyeshadow courtesy of Byredo.
Beauty YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, known on the platform as NikkieTutorials, has made her Met Gala entrance with flowers galore. Her look, which featured a flower crown and gown with the words “pay it no mind," paid homage to the legendary activist Marsha P Johnson, who made the phrase her signature.
The colors and mood were on point; as one fan tweeted, “I knew nikkietutorials would make it to met gala showing up like the makeup palette which i want to buy.” And same.
There's much celebration to go around for the D'Amelios at the moment, considering their family's new reality series, The D'Amelio Show, premiered on Hulu on September 3. The first couple episodes gave fans insight into the inner workings of the family and their future career dreams.
Though she wasn't with little sister Charli D'Amelio — who at 17 is too young to attend — Dixie D'Amelio made her Met Gala debut on Monday night, wearing a black minidress and an exciting hat.
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