The Met Gala is the fashion event of the year, with the who’s-who of celebrities strutting the red carpet in their painstakingly-crafted looks. And this year was no exception. After the 2020 Met Gala was postponed “indefinitely” last year, the 2021 Met Gala promised to be the event everyone was waiting for.

And this year, women of color reigned. While in the past, Brown and Black people were sidelined in the fashion world, this year, they’re making their presence known. From Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, to MJ Rodriguez, to Eiza Gonzalez, women of color stole the show this year. Here is a list of our favorite fashion moments from the 2021 Met Gala.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Our jaw dropped when we saw this. Ever one to steal the show, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez showed up and showed out in a white Aurora James dress with “Tax the Rich” written on the back in red. AOC was accompanied by the designer herself. Queen!

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez looked straight out of a Robert Rodriguez film in this brown Ralph Lauren number.

Amanda Gorman

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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman wore a stunning royal blue dress with a matching book as an accessory that read: “Give us your tired.”

MJ Rodriguez

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Emmy nominee MJ Rodriguez wore an elegant black and white gown by Thom Browne.

Nia Dennis

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Not only did gymnast Nia Dennis stun in a blue bodysuit with a matching mesh coverup, but she also wowed the crowd at the Met Gala by performing an acrobatic routine as part of her entrance.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o opted for structure with this Versace denim gown. But it was her beautiful, sculptural afro that truly took everyone’s breath away.

Camilla Cabello

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Fresh off the success of Amazon’s “Cinderella,” Camila Cabello arrived at the Met Gala in a glittering violet two-piece gown by Michael Kors.

Tessa Thompson

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Afro-Latina Tessa Thompson served a look with this flame-like mini-dress with platform patent leather cowboy boots.

Natalia Bryant

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Newly minted fashion model Natalia Bryant arrived at the Met Gala in a balloon-shaped, multicolor floral dress by Conner Ives.

Indya Moore

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Indya Moore wore a black and white Saint Laurent ensemble with an-eye catching cape with balloon sleeves. And her shaved head looked positively regal.

Eiza Gonzalez

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This gorgeous Mexicana wore a red Atelier Versace gown with a deep leg slit, expertly channeling Old Hollywood glam.


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Maluma turned heads with this red Versace head-to-toe leather look with matching shoes and frehsly-dyed platinum hair.