The 2021 Met Gala is back in New York City Monday evening with its annual spectacle of celebrity and fashion. One of the outfits that immediately had people talking came from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
From the front, Ocasio-Cortez’s structured white dress seemed like an ode to the suffragettes – they wore white, after all. But then host Keke Palmer made her turn around. Scrawled on the back in red – perhaps a late retort to Melania Trump’s “I Don’t Really Care Do U?“ jacket – was a pointed message: “Tax the Rich.”
What could be more American than using the red carpet to make a political statement? AOC explained the process of making the dress with designer Aurora James: “When Aurora and I were first partnered, we started to have a conversation about what it means to be working class women of color at the Met. We said, we can’t just play along … we need to challenge the institution.”
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