What We Know About the Theme of the 2021 Met Gala

The Met Gala 2021 is set to go down Monday, September 13, and you can watch a livestream of the event over on Vogue.com. Casual fashion fans may not be familiar with this year’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”—translation: a celebration of American fashion—so here’s a quick backgrounder. 

What does “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” mean?  

This year’s Met Gala is all about fashion made in the U-S-A. “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.”

Who are the co-chairs for the Met Gala 2021?

Per Vogue, Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, and Naomi Osaka are co-chairs for the event. Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour are honorary chairs.

Are there vaccination requirements for attendees? 

Yes. “Currently, all attendees… must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,” a spokesperson for The Met confirmed to People. “We will update these guidelines as needed.”

How does  “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” compare to Met Gala past themes?

All past Met Gala themes have unique and distinct vibes, so it’s quite hard to compare them. The Met Gala 2019 theme, for example, was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” The Met Gala 2018 theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” And in 2016, it was all about technology and fashion. The themes truly run the gamut. That being said, the camp theme Met Gala will always reign supreme for me! (Sorry, Gaga stan here!) 

How to Livestream the 2021 Met Gala

The Met gala 2021 is happening—albeit four months later than normal. Instead of the first Monday in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit is going down this year the second Monday in September. The COVID-19 pandemic postponed fashion’s biggest night (in 2020 it outright canceled it), but the show is still going on. 

So what can we expect? A Blake Lively Met gala dress like the pink one she wore in 2016? A Blake Lively Met gala 2018 moment (i.e., red, dramatic, and Versace)? Can you tell I want Blake Lively to attend the Met gala this year? Please, Blake Lively, attend the Met gala!

Whether she’s there or not, the Met gala 2021 will surely be star-studded. If you’re a commoner like me, though, you’ll be enjoying the festivities from home in sweat pants. Thankfully, a Met gala stream is happening, so you won’t miss a single moment. 

Below, check out all the ways you can watch the Met ’ala this year. 

Watch it on streaming.

Yes, a Met gala red-carpet livestream is happening. Keke Palmer and Ilana Glazer will host it. The stream starts Monday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. ET over on vogue.com.

Follow the coverage. 

Follow all of Vogue’s coverage here, and Glamour’s coverage here

“In the end, it’s for our guests, and it’s for the museum,” Anna Wintour, a chairwoman of the event and Vogue editor in chief, told Today in 2019 about the Met gala. “We want them to feel that the amazing effort they put into getting dressed was worth it, and it was an evening they’re maybe not going to experience elsewhere.” 

She added, “I honestly believe the people are excited [about the Met gala] as it’s an extraordinary marriage of fashion and culture. We don’t want [the Met] to become a mausoleum. We want it to be alive and vibrant and bring in new audiences and have people excited about being there.”  

17 Creative Virgo Tattoo Ideas That Are Full of Little Details

Virgos: It’s your season! Before it ends on September 22, are you ready to show your sign some love? Or perhaps you’re just looking to get inspired for next year? Logical, practical, and grounded—you are the ultimate Earth sign, which means you’d likely never get spur-of-the-moment ink. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered up several creative Virgo tattoo ideas that can easily be saved in a perfectly labeled folder you organized to peruse to your heart’s delight. 

From constellations to the designs seen on famous Virgos, these tattoos are full of little details that will speak to your inner earth maiden.

Virgo Maiden Symbol Tattoos

Beautiful and Bountiful 

Virgos are the earth maidens of the zodiac, often depicted as beautiful women carrying other symbols of the sign like a shaft of wheat or an ear of corn. It’s not hard to find stunning tattoos with depictions of women, so you really can’t go wrong here. This Bang Bang NYC tattoo of a woman hiding behind a mask of flowers is particularly gorgeous.

The Strong Maiden

Or you can go with a maiden in a flower crown. like this Virgo-inspired tattoo by Antiek Tattoo. Is it just us, or does her facial expression perfectly embody the sensitivity and strength of Virgos?

Flowers on the Mind

This interpretation by Bang Bang NYC is full of little details that will speak to even the most perfectionist Virgo out there. 

Kaia Gerber’s Wings

The model is no stranger to the tattoo chair, and her Virgo spirit is definitely on display with the pretty, simple designs she chooses for her ink. The wings she’s got on her ribcage is giving us some maiden vibes—in fact, Kaia herself is sort of channeling the maiden right now in this photo. 

Virgo Wheat Symbol Tattoos

Family First

Virgo’s are particularly family-oriented, so you may be drawn to this JonBoy tattoo dedicated to the most important people in your life. The leaves also feel like a nod to the Virgo symbol of wheat. Certainly, it brings to mind the family tree, growing new branches and harvesting what you sow, the essence of family and an idea worth keeping close.

Simple and Beautiful

If you’d like a more straightforward tattoo that represents the bountiful harvest, this pretty design by Bang Bang NYC is just for you. 

Virgo Earth Sign Tattoos

As the World Turns

Virgos are Earth signs—like we said, grounded. What better way to honor your sign than with an intricate piece by Dr. Woo? Wherever you go, there you are, and a Virgo on the move might like having something that doesn’t change on their body. A tat looks the same in every language.

World Leader

What about a more simple map like this one by JonBoy Tattoo? She’s got the whole world in her hands…or more accurately, on her wrist.

A Subtle Nod

The triangle is often used as a symbol for earth, and we love how this tattoo by Bang Bang NYC incorporates mountains into the design.

An Anchor

Keke Palmer—a Virgo!—has a tiny tattoo of an anchor on her ankle, a reminder to herself to always stay grounded. If that’s not an earth sign move, what is? 

Megan Fox Called Machine Gun Kelly Her ‘Future Baby Daddy’ at the 2021 MTV VMAs

“She came out after everyone was chanting ‘Megan’ for some time,” a source told E!. “Then she did stay on the stage in the background for the whole song.”

Michael Hickey

June 2021: After the success of that one show, it seems Fox will be joining Baker on tour. According to a source that spoke with Entertainment Tonight, the pair “are pretty inseparable” at the moment. 

That’s not all. It looks as though an engagement could be coming soon. “MGK would love to start a family with Megan someday, but right now doesn’t seem to be the time in terms of scheduling,” the source told ET. “As far as engagement goes, it is likely that this will happen sooner than later, and it has been a topic of conversation without question.”

July 2021: In a new profile for The Washington Post, Fox reiterates that she knew Baker was her soulmate immediately. “The first time I looked into his eyes, I was like, ‘I know you. I have known you so many times, in so many different forms, in so many different lives,’” she said, adding she “wasn’t expecting it’d be like, ‘God, you are my soul mate,’ instantly.” 

She also revealed the nicknames she has for the performer during an appearance on Fox 5 New York this week, including Cookie, Buddha, and Booby.

September 2021: The couple spark engagement rumors yet again when Fox reportedly wears a “ring on that special finger” to her boyfriend’s VMAs rehearsal on September 8. A source told Us Weekly that there will be a “surprise announcement” during Machine Gun Kelly’s actual performance on September 12. MGK will be performing his single “Papercuts” with Travis Barker, who is at the center of some engagement rumors of his own. 

At the 2021 MTV VMAs, Fox referred to Machine Gun Kelly as her “future baby daddy.” (She also said the same thing about Travis Barker in reference to Kourtney Kardashian.) Do what you will with that information. 

This post will be updated.


Chlöe Bailey Just Had a Career-Making Performance at the 2021 MTV VMAs

Chlöe Bailey made her debut as a solo performer at the 2021 MTV VMAs—and what a debut it was. 

The 23-year-old expertly performed her song “Have Mercy” dressed in a stunning pink get-up and flanked by dancers. Naturally, she matched them step for step, executing her moves like a seasoned pro. It was giving Britney and Beyoncé; a serve of the highest degree. 

As for the aesthetic? Bailey started the Halloween season early with spooky backdrops and lighting—theatrics that would make both Lady Gaga and Disturbia-era Rihanna proud. 

Something about the performance just felt special—like an artist coming into her own in front of the world. Twitter users agreed, with so many fans taking to the platform to praise Bailey’s set (plus Doja Cat and Normani, who also crushed their numbers during the show). 

Chlöe Bailey’s debut solo album is coming soon. She’s previously made music with her sister, Halle, as the duo Chlöe x Halle. On the differences between making music with her sister and alone, she told Billboard, “When my sister and I create, we don’t try to dim the other’s light, so the creative process for me has been exactly the same. Now it’s just me in my bedroom. But it was a little scary in the beginning, because [I was used to] having Halle be there to ask, ‘Is this sounding good?’ Having her sign of approval meant so much to me. Now I have to be my own voice and be proud and confident in what I bring to the table.” 

When asked if this makes her feel more pressure, she said, “I don’t feel pressure when it comes to awards and accolades—I feel pressure with making myself proud and making sure that I’m saying and singing the things that I want to say and sing. I’m not going to lie [and say] that it doesn’t go through my mind, like, ‘I hope people like this sound from me, because it’s different from what me and my sister do together.’ Other than that, as long as I’m walking in my light and my purpose, I’m OK.”

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow Recreated the ‘Industry Baby’ Video at the 2021 MTV VMAs

Lil Nas X is on fire this year. The 22-year-old rapper has released two hit singles, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and “Industry Baby”with Jack Harlow, which reached number one and two on Billboard‘s Hot 100, respectively. And his album Montero, out September 17, is one of the most-anticipated projects of the year. 

To kick off his album-release week, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow took the stage at the MTV VMAs 2021 to perform “Industry Baby,” and of course they nailed it. They essentially recreated the iconic music video, and Lil Nas X even threw in some “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” at the end. With choreo! 

“I think [Lil Nax X] is giving a voice to a lot of people and kids who could use one,” Harlow recently told Variety. “I think the community he represents could use someone who’s succeeding on a mainstream level—it doesn’t have to be a niche thing, it can feel like, Yo, you can be number one, you can be the greatest. I really recognize what he’s doing and I think he gets a lot deeper than the jokes and whatever gimmicky stuff people wanna associate—I really think he’s an icon. I really recognize what he’s doing, and I admire him—I admired him long before we met.” 

And Lil Nax X himself told Variety, “Honestly, I believe the pandemic helped me get out of the idea of trying to please everybody, and the idea of ‘He’s a cool gay person; he’s an acceptable gay person,’” Nas says. “I used to see things like that as a compliment, but it’s not. It just means you’re a people pleaser, and they never become legends. I wanted to be even more authentic in my music and let people into my life. I’m much more confident now—in my music, myself, my sexuality, the things that I believe that I stand for.”

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Literally Touched Tongues at the 2021 MTV VMAs

I’m somehow endeared by these pics; I can’t even be mad! 

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have definitely been one of 2021’s buzziest couples. They were first linked at the beginning of the year, and slowly but surely they confirmed their courtship. Now, seeing PDA from these two is par for the course on social media. Honestly, I hope I get into a relationship half as passionate as this someday. It looks fun! 

But even with all these photos, Kardashian and Barker still haven’t said much about their relationship. “I’m spending time with a woman who’s a great mom, who’s a great friend, and you don’t have to worry about any of those things,” Barker told Drew Barrymore on her talk show in the spring. “It just comes natural, it’s like a maturity thing.”

“Forever isn’t long enough,” Barker captioned a recent photo of himself and Kardashian in Paris. 

“Kourtney and Travis have had a platonic relationship for years and they’ve been friends and family friends for a very long time,” a source told Entertainment Tonight in January 2021. “Recently something sparked and their relationship has turned romantic.”

“They live on the same block and things are super easy between them because they know each other so well and just click and get one another,” the source added “Her kids and his kids get along so well too, which is a major plus for both of them.”

The 2021 Met Gala is happening on September 13, also in New York City. Something tells me we’ll be seeing them on that carpet, too.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Were Predictably Extra at the MTV VMAs

I’m somehow endeared by these pics; I can’t even be mad! 

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have definitely been one of 2021’s buzziest couples. They were first linked at the beginning of the year, and slowly but surely they confirmed their courtship. Now, seeing PDA from these two is par for the course on social media. Honestly, I hope I get into a relationship half as passionate as this someday. It looks fun! 

But even with all these photos, Kardashian and Barker still haven’t said much about their relationship. “I’m spending time with a woman who’s a great mom, who’s a great friend, and you don’t have to worry about any of those things,” Barker told Drew Barrymore on her talk show in the spring. “It just comes natural, it’s like a maturity thing.”

“Forever isn’t long enough,” Barker captioned a recent photo of himself and Kardashian in Paris. 

“Kourtney and Travis have had a platonic relationship for years and they’ve been friends and family friends for a very long time,” a source told Entertainment Tonight in January 2021. “Recently something sparked and their relationship has turned romantic.”

“They live on the same block and things are super easy between them because they know each other so well and just click and get one another,” the source added “Her kids and his kids get along so well too, which is a major plus for both of them.”

The 2021 Met Gala is happening on September 13, also in New York City. Something tells me we’ll be seeing them on that carpet, too.

The Best Dressed Celebrities at the 2021 MTV VMAs

The MTV VMAs 2021 red carpet had so many stylish stars—but who reigned supreme? We sorted through all the looks to come up with the best-dressed stars—a welcome treat given the dearth of  celebrity fashion during the last year. 

But these were looks that went beyond just stylish—stars came ready to play and their risks paid off. From Avril Lavigne (!!!) in punky plaid to Lil Nas X’s purple pantsuit, these are the best-dressed celebrities at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. 

Olivia Rodrigo

ANGELA WEISS

In Atelier Versace. 

Avril Lavigne

ANGELA WEISS

In Area, Christalea, Stuart Weitzman, and Jimmy Choo.

Lil Nas X

Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021

Kacey Musgraves

Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021

In Valentino and Schutz

Camila Cabello 

Astrid Stawiarz

In Alexis Mabille and KATKIM.

Simone Biles

Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021

Megan Fox

Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021

In Mugler. 

See every look at the MTV VMAs 2021 red carpet here.

Megan Fox Is a Nearly-Naked Goddess at the 2021 MTV VMAs

Megan Fox showed up at the 2021 MTV VMAs wearing, essentially, a few raindrops and a good attitude. Though technically a dress, it’s more like a handful of rhinestones thrown through a sunbeam in a way that references the concept of a dress.

Fox walked the red carpet wearing Mugler. She looked like a Vegas showgirl crossed with a Roman goddess—the aesthetic is sparkling, see-through, and champagne-colored. Her gown compliments the spangled scarlet suit worn on the carpet by her boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly. (He said on the red carpet that his performance this evening draws from the world of musical theater, which—good for you, Machine Gun Kelly!)

“He was like, ‘You’re going to be naked tonight,’” Fox reported on the carpet, of her exchange with Kelly ahead of the event. “And I was like, ‘Whatever you say, daddy. Whatever daddy says.’” 

The look, styled by Maeve Reilly, is one of the most arresting in an awards night that is not exactly known for subtlety. With hip length, drenched-looking hair and sparkling detail, it evokes the famous “wet” gown that Kim Kardashian wore to the 2019 Met Gala, likewise designed by Mugler. It’s also a little reminiscent of Britney Spears’ 2000 VMAs mid-performance outfit change into a sparkly triangle bra and matching skintight leggings.

Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021

Most likely of all, the dress is influenced by Rose McGowan’s iconic 1998 VMAs look, designed by Maja Hanson. If you’re enjoying Fox’s look, remember what her predecessors went through to achieve it. McGowan told Yahoo News of the response to her ’98 dress, “They slut-shamed me like crazy.” She got through it without much public support, adopting the attitude, “Sorry you’re square and I’m not. Bummer.”

Fox’s look seems to be getting an enthusiastically positive response—the word “queen” is being thrown around. Just don’t slut-shame her, or you’re a square. 

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