New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Cara Delevingne attended the Met Gala along with their head-turner fashion ‘statements.’

/ 18 September 2021

On Monday, September 13th, 2021, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cara Delevingne, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney all made a statement with their costumes at the 2021 Met Gala in New York.

Cara Delevingne

The 29-year-old Suicide Squad star Cara Delevingne rocked a white Dior vest and matching leggings with red lettering over the breast that said, “Peg the patriarchy.” In an interview with the Independent magazine, The British supermodel replied, “If anyone doesn’t know what this word is, you’re going to have to look it up because I’m not going to explain it,” referring to the phrase “peg.” “You know, it’s a little like, ‘stick it to the man,’ if anyone wants to look up the word,” she said, offering some context.

Paper Town’s lead actress is not new to this campaign. In fact, in 2017, Cara Delevingne worked with UNICEF and Girl Up to advocate for girls in Uganda. In the article, she wrote, “I want every girl to have opportunities, all the opportunities in the world: to have access to those opportunities, to have a voice, to have strength, to have support to have love, and to have happiness.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney

NY 12-district representative, Carolyn Maloney, wore a colorful outfit with numerous trailing pieces of cloth stating “equal rights for women,” She wore a green button that reads “ERA Yes,” referring to the Equal Rights Amendment.

Before entering the star-studded Gala, the representative tweeted about her outfit. “Across the country, women’s rights are under attack. I have long used fashion as a force 4 change. As the Met Costume Institute reopens w/ their inaugural exhibit celebrating American designers, I am calling 4 the certification of the ERA so women can be equal once and for all.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The New York Democrat wore a white tuxedo-inspired gown by Brother Vellies to the occasion on Monday night. A crimson spray-painted statement on the back of the off-the-shoulder outfit read: Tax the Rich.

In giving context on her gown, she told Vogue, “We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they’ve been given.” She continued, “We must always continue to push ourselves, push our colleagues, push the culture and push the country forward. Fashion is changing, America is changing. And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive and empowered future.”

The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s Oscars, and it brings together designers, models, and Hollywood celebrities to fight for media attention. If one day, you find yourself walking down Met’s red carpet do not forget to wear your pride.

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