At Last, Rihanna Has Arrived at the 2021 Met Gala—And Her Outfit Is Gorgeous

Rihanna is never late. Everyone else is simply early. 

The Fenty mogul was the last celebrity to arrive at the 2021 Met gala, and her outfit was well worth the wait. She and boyfriend A$AP Rocky hit the Met gala carpet is drastically different looks; she opted for an all-black ensemble by Balenciaga, while he went for a multicolored number by Eli Russell Linnetz. 

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I’m living for both, TBH. 

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Rihanna, of course, is no stranger to the Met gala. Her 2015 Guo Pei dress is legendary, and she was one of the co-chairs for the 2018 gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” This year’s theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” a.k.a a celebration of American fashion. 

“I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. “I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

Kim Kardashian Completely Covered Her Face at the 2021 Met Gala

And the award for most shocking 2021 Met gala look goes to Kim Kardashian. 

The beauty mogul showed up in a jaw-dropping, all-black Balenciaga look. The gag? Her entire face was covered. Like, her whole face. 

See a photo for yourself, below: 

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The 2021 Met gala is one of the first big events Kim Kardashian has attended since her split from Kanye West became public. She hasn’t given any interviews about what happened, but she talked about the breakup on the last season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians

“He deserves someone that can go support his every move and go follow him all over the place and move to Wyoming,” she said in an episode, wiping her tears. “I can’t do that…. I feel like a fucking failure that it’s, like, a third fucking marriage. I feel like a fucking loser. But I can’t even think about that. I want to be happy.” 

News of the split started circulating in January 2021. Soon, both Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner gave statements about it. “I think it’s always going to be hard anytime, you know, there’s a lot of kids,” Kris said on The Kyle & Jackie O Show on March 18, according to Us Weekly. “The good thing about our family is that we are there for each other and supportive and we love each other very, very much, so all I want is for those two kids to be happy. And I want the kids to be happy. That’s the goal.”

Meanwhile, Caitlyn told Access Hollywood, ““I love Kimberly, Honestly, I love Kanye. I have had a very good relationship with Kanye. I wish them both nothing but the best. But as far as speaking about that, that is their story to tell, not mine. And I think you might learn some things in the final episode [of KUWTK], I wouldn’t be surprised—although I haven’t seen the show, but I do remember shooting scenes. And yeah, I think it should be pretty interesting.”

Stay tuned on the inspo behind Kardashian’s Met gala look…

Simone Biles’s Met Gala 2021 Dress Was So Intricate Six Men Had to Help Carry It

Hot off her appearance at the VMAs, Simone Biles just made her Met ball debut on the Met gala 2021 red carpet. And it was quite the entrance. 

The gymnast’s silver train was so massive that it had to be carried up the steps by a team of six men (yes, really). Biles described her AREA x Athleta dress, which consists of a black bodysuit with star details and the aforementioned massive train, as having “flexibility from mat to Met.” She also revealed that it weighs a whopping 88 pounds. 

Take in the dress, below:

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And watch her entrance, here:

While the dress (and shoes!) were definitely the star of the show, Biles’ voluminous ponytail and silver smoky eye were equally stunning. Both the hair and makeup looks were inspired by Biles’s dress and her inner power.

“I wanted Simone’s hair to represent African American women with its texture and sleekness,” her hairstylist Nigella Miller tells Glamour. “The thickness and texture are the best of both worlds and really capture the epitome of African American hair. The stars represent power and beauty on a natural level, just like Simone does.”

When it came to her makeup, it was all about the glamour. “We gave Simone an iridescent, taupe smokey eye to compliment the silver detailing on her dress,” says her makeup artist Autumn Moultrie. “We kept it light to be sure the dress and her hair are the focal point, and she’s wearing very little foundation because her skin is flawless.”

The Met gala 2021 was the first major events Simone Biles has attended since the Tokyo Olympics, in which she withdrew from a few categories after experiencing the “twisties.” The 24-year-old still won a bronze and silver medal at the Games, though, and she opened up about her experience on Instagram. 

“Definitely not the way I planned the olympics going but I wouldn’t change anything for the world,” she wrote. “I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had thus far. this olympics doesn’t erase the past accomplishments I’ve achieved nor does it define who I am as an athlete. I’ve pushed through so much the past couple years, the word quitter is not in my vocabulary. for some of you that may be how you define me but keep talking because I can’t hear you over my 7 olympic medals which tied me for the most decorated gymnast EVER as well as most decorated American gymnast.”

Gigi Hadid’s Long, Red Mermaid Hair at the 2021 Met Gala Is Very Ariel

Gigi Hadid has been unveiling red hair all year long, but she turned it up a notch on the 2021 Met Gala carpet. Behold, Hadid’s latest beauty transformation: long, luxurious Ariel-like red hair. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Check it out for yourself, below: 

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This has been a nonstop week for Gigi Hadid. The supermodel has walked in several shows for New York Fashion Week, and now she’s at the Met gala. Sadly, she wasn’t accompanied by boyfriend Zayn Malik. My guess is he’s at home babysitting Khai, the daughter he and Hadid welcomed in September 2020. She confirmed her pregnancy in April 2020 after the news leaked.

“Obviously, you know, we wish we could’ve announced it on our own terms, but we’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well-wishes and support, so…,” Hadid said at the time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “I’m trying [to be present for every part of it]. Especially during this time, it’s a nice silver lining to be able to be home and together and really experience it.”

Because Gigi Hadid was very present during her pregnancy, she didn’t share much of it on social media. “I have been taking a lot of pictures of my bump and sending it to friends and family, and it’s been really cute and exciting…. I’m trying to document it well, because I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘Make sure you don’t miss it,’” she said on Instagram Live. “And I will be sharing stuff like that in the future. I just am not rushed to do it, and I feel like right now I just want to experience it…. I just don’t want to worry about waking up every day during my pregnancy and, like, worry about having to look cute or post something.” 

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Kiss Through Their Masks at the Met Gala

“In the past, Jennifer’s mom and Ben were very close,” the source says. “Guadalupe loved Ben. She was sad when they couldn’t work things out years ago. She is thrilled that they are back together now.”

“Jennifer is very close with her mom. It’s very important to her that the person she is with gets along with her mom,” they add. “Jennifer loves that Ben and Guadalupe hung out in Las Vegas. They both love gambling and had fun together at the Wynn hotel.”

Lopez in L.A. in June 2021

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Affleck in L.A. in June 2021

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June 14, 2021: The pair are spotted making out at dinner in a pretty public display of affection—and there’s been no holding back since. 

June 25, 2021: The pair share a private date night at Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio, per People. “They enjoyed Mediterranean food in one of the private dining rooms. Jen looked amazing. They were both in a great mood,” a source tells People. “Ben always looks very happy when he is with Jen.”

We believe it! In one photo from the evening, Lopez can be seen smiling from ear to ear. The source adds, “She spends as much time with Ben as possible.”

July 4, 2021: The pair spend the holiday weekend in the Hamptons wearing matching outfits

July 6, 2021: In a new interview with with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Lopez says she’s having the “best time of my life.”

July 13, 2021: Fans notice that Lopez “liked” a picture of Affleck posted by a fan account. In the photo Affleck relaxes on the set of The Town, looking swole in a Believe in Boston T-shirt. Thirst-ay.

July 15, 2021: The couple are photographed outside a $65 million mansion they were reportedly scoping out while house-hunting in Holmby Hills (a fancy neighborhood of Los Angeles). In the photos, which you can see here, Affleck snags a kiss either before or after their tour of the home. 

However, TMZ reports that Affleck was simply escorting Lopez on her own house tour and that the pair “aren’t ready to shack up together…at least not yet.”

July 24, 2021: It finally happened, y’all! On the pop star’s 52nd birthday, Lopez posted a picture of her and Ben Affleck making out on her Instagram feed. It was the fourth slide of the photo carousel, but that still counts as Instagram-official! It also may be the hottest photo ever taken. 

August 2021: This month has been all about the kids. On August 15, Lopez is reportedly spotted with her 13-year-old daughter, Emme, picking up a few gifts for Ben Affleck’s daughters, 15-year-old Violet and 12-year-old Seraphina Affleck. “When she stopped by the Made by Mary jewelry station, she and Emme picked out several ‘birth flower necklaces,’ including two for Ben’s daughters,” one guest at producer Jennifer Klein’s exclusive Day of Indulgence event tells People, adding that Lopez planned to bring the gifts to Affleck’s 49th-birthday gathering later that evening. 

One week later Lopez and Affleck take a family trip to a performance of Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, according to TMZ. On August 21, they keep the fun going at Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

“Since Jennifer and Ben are in it for the long run, it’s just a natural step that they all spend time together with the kids,” a source tells People. “They are not trying to rush anything, but they want all the kids to get to know each other. They are making the last few days of summer as fun as they can. Soon it’s back to school and work.”

September 2021: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck make their red-carpet debut as a couple. On September 10, the pair get very cozy—and even share a kiss—at the Venice Film Festival premiere of Affleck’s new film, The Last Duel.

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As the pair are leaving the festival on September 11, Affleck plays knight in shining armor when an aggressive stranger reportedly looking for a selfie gets way too close to the couple. Before security steps in, People reports that Affleck blocks the maskless man and pushes him away. See the photos here

Loffleck returned to the red carpet as a couple once again for the 2021 Met gala. The evening’s theme was “In America,” and what is more American than the First Couple of Hollywood making headlines? Standing outside of the Metropolitan Museum, Lopez and Affleck went for another eye-catching first—they kissed, passionately, through their masks. I mean, is there a better sign of the times? 

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Behold: Hot Celebrity Couples Looking Hot at the 2021 Met Gala

The Met gala guest list was star-studded this year, which obviously means there were plenty of celerity couples walking the carpet. While the Met gala 2021 did look a little different this year with COVID-19 restrictions in place, it was still a glitzy affair. A-listers still threw on their best (American-inspired) couture for the occasion, and the celeb couples looked cuter than ever. What can I say? Hot celebrities look hotter when they’re a couple. It’s just science. I don’t make up the rules! 

Want proof? Behold: the hottest, cutest, prettiest (insert adjective here) celebrity couples who attended the Met gala 2021. BRB, admiring them all as I sit on my couch in sweatpants

Billie Eilish’s Stunning Met Gala Look Is Marilyn Monroe Meets Barbie

Billie Eilish just hit the 2021 Met gala carpet looking like if Marilyn Monroe were a Disney princess. Seriously, her look is absolutely stunning. 

The 19-year-old pop star turned heads and made jaws drop in a peach-colored gown with a hoop skirt and massive train. Her short blonde hair was giving classic Hollywood—in fact, the whole look was. Check it out for yourself, below. I’m speechless. 

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The look is by Oscar de la Renta, and Eilish said the inspiration was “holiday Barbie.” “It just was time,” she revealed during the Met gala live stream. “It was time for this, and I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last few years…I was just scared and didn’t feel comfortable in my skin, and I feel like I finally [do now]. It was time. ” 

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Billie Eilish has really stepped into her own this year. A few months ago, she did a corset photo shoot for British Vogue and said she’s taking her “power back.”

“It’s all about what makes you feel good,” she said. “If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, fuck it—if you feel like you look good, you look good.”

She added, “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hos, and fuck it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin—or not—should not take any respect away from you.”

Eilish is one of the co-chairs for tonight’s Met gala, which is themed “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” “I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. “I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

All The Met Gala Beauty Looks You Can’t Miss

While most major red carpets have returned, true fashion fanatics have been waiting with baited breath for the Met gala 2021. After a brief hiatus—and with COVID-19 restrictions in place—the “East Coast Oscars” are finally back, and so are the iconic looks.

While the outfits themselves are always stunning—who could forget literally any Rihanna ensemble—the hair and makeup looks are just as good. And seeing as this year’s theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” is pretty open ended, attendees had the freedom to play. And play they did. 

If you tuned into the Met Gala red carpet live stream, you may have already seen some of these looks. But for the ones you missed, check out all the best beauty looks from the Met gala 2021, ahead. 

All the References You Missed in Amanda Gorman’s Met Gala Look

Poet Amanda Gorman is perhaps best known for radiating a bright light of hope in a dark time. So it’s fitting that the 23-year-old, who captivated America with her reading at the Biden-Harris presidential inauguration, should show up at the 2021 Met gala in a look that heavily references the Statue of Liberty. 

Gorman, a past Glamour College Woman of the Year, is a co-chair of the 2021 gala along with an elite Gen-Z clique comprised of Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, and Billie Eilish. The evening’s theme is “In America.” And on the red carpet on Monday night, Gorman told host Keke Palmer that with her look she “wanted to lean into the spirit of the Statue of Liberty.” 

It’s fitting—the statue is of a goddess who stands as a symbol for radically welcoming the stranger. “Tonight’s theme, for me I really looked at it as a night where we can come together as a country and celebrate one of the things that makes us so beautiful, which is our diversity,” she told E! News. 

“Fashion is its own form of language, its own form of rhetoric,” Gorman told Palmer. She added that to her, style is about “Walking in my truth in a Black woman.” Here are some of the references in her outfit—styled by Jason Bolden—that you may have missed.

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The gown 

Gorman’s blue gown, with its tulle train and sparkling detail, is designed by Vera Wang. It reportedly includes 3,000 hand-sewn crystals. The layers on the dress evoke the thick draping in the copper of the roman-style tunic worn by the Statue of Liberty. The giant statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was gifted to the United States by France in the 1880s. Its position in New York harbor means that it has been the first American landmark that immigrants see as they enter American waters—a beacon of hope, and a symbol that true freedom in America always means welcoming new citizens. 

In her inaugural poem, Gorman used several phrases that bring the statue to mind. She spoke of “a sea we must wade” and “my bronze-pounded chest,” and called the day “aflame.” 

The hair accessories 

Gorman’s hair for the Met gala was set with silver, leaf-shaped head pieces—laurels, like the laurel wreaths worn by victorious greek athletes in ancient times. It is from those headpieces that we get the phrase “poet laureate,” and Gorman became America’s first every National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. 

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The clutch 

Gorman’s clutch is shaped like a book and glittery gold letters spell out the phrase, “Give me your tired.” It’s a reference to the poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus. In the poem, Lazarus speaks from the perspective of the statue, crying out, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This quote has come to represent, for activists and humanitarians, the soul of the American vision—a vision of inclusivity, where immigrants, refugees, and needy people are welcomed and treasured. Perhaps Gorman alluded to the line in her inaugural address, when she said, “We lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.” 

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter. 

The Best Dressed Celebrities at the 2021 Met Gala

The Met gala 2021 red carpet was—in a word—sublime. After the year-plus we’ve had, any glimmer of normalcy is a treat and that includes the spectacle of best dressed stars arriving at what some all the Oscars of fashion. 

Ranking the best style is, however, a difficult proposition: Every guest showed up in an outfit or look they so clearly felt their best in and one that adhered to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala-Benefit’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”—a tribute that couldn’t be more fitting at this moment. 

“I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue. “I really do believe that American fashion is undergoing a renaissance. I think young designers in particular are at the vanguard of discussions about diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and transparency, much more so than their European counterparts, maybe with the exception of the English designers.”

So, while everyone killed the carpet in their own way, there were some guests whose looks kicked the glamour we associate with the Met gala up a couple of notches while giving us classic American style, both nostalgic and forward-thinking. Below, TK standout looks from the Met gala 2021 red carpet. 

As for whether any of these new looks earn a place on the Met Gala best dressed ever list? We’ll let you be the judge.

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Keke Palmer

Palmer had the stressful-seeming task of co-hosting Vogue‘s livestream of the 2021 Met gala red carpet so it’s a sure bet her look was highly, highly considered by multiple parties. Good job, everyone! The actor’s metallic gold crystal encrusted backless gown by LA-based luxury designer Sergio Hudson. It’s hard not to look at Palmer and see another American icon—Diana Ross—and her unmatched glamour during the 1970s, specifically at Studio 54, an American Institution (for better or worse.) 

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Jennifer Lopez

The devil works hard but J.Lo’s travel and expense team works harder. She’s everywhere, all the time and for that we say thank goodness. Lopez clearly—say it with us—understood the assignment and brought some iconic star power to the 2021 Met gala red carpet wearing a western-inspired Ralph Lauren. Components included: a plunging fringed brown gown, a faux fur bolero, a brown leather belt, a silver statement necklace, silver earrings, a leather choker and a hat that probably would have earned a yeehaw from John Wayne himself. Cowboy boots? Way too on the nose. Plus, it’s Jennifer Lopez so metallic platforms it was. 

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Amanda Gorman 

Dressed in blue Vera Wang with a garland crown, the poet said the Statue of Liberty was top-of-mind when creating the striking look. She even carried a book! As for those facial rhinestones (facestones?) though, Lady Liberty could never. 

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Billie Eilish 

The pop star stepped out of her aesthetic comfort zone—which typically includes covered-up-on-purpose clothes with a goth bent—for the 2021 Met gala and is clearly channeling  golden-age Hollywood bombshells like Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe in a peach Oscar de la Renta confection with a Rihanna-rivaling train. She also could pass for a Disney princess, so gets extra “America!” credit. To be fair, Eilish did appear on the May 2021 cover of British Vogue looking extremely Marilyn-esque, so it’s probably safe to say that when she’s not in oversized sweaters and jeans, she identifies with sirens of yore. 

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Ella Emhoff and Julia Garner 

Emhoff—VP Kamala Harris’s stepdaughter—walked the carpet with actor Garner since they both were dressed by Stella McCartney. Emhoff repped the designer’s streetwear cred by wearing Adidas by Stella McCartney (and easily looked looked as if she could have been a classic ‘90s supermodel kicking it with the likes of Christy Turlington, Amber Valletta, and Shalom Harlow. Garner, conversely, clearly honored a long line of our nation’s first ladies (of fashion, relax) by showing her undergarments and toned bod through a sparkly dress in the tradition of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and—most recently—Megan Fox

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Justin and Hailey Bieber

What’s more American than dressing like the best-looking couple at the high school? No gimmicks, just a fitted velvet gown and a wide-leg suit because that cute guy from chem class is edgy now!

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Megan Thee Stallion 

Old Hollywood has nothing on MTS, who wore Coach (!!!) and told Vogue livestream co-host Keke Palmer that she wanted to serve “Hollywood glamour.” Accomplished!

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Barbie Ferreira

The actor and model also gave us old Hollywood vibes with a side of prohibition with her pearl-entrusted flapperesque Jonathan Simkhai look. 

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Maisie Wiliams 

Disney villain, The Matrix, stirrups, wearing your boyfriend Reuben Selby’s design, and a mask? A true patriot!