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Celia Cruz Would Have Slayed The 2019 Met Gala Camp Theme And Here Are The Looks To Prove It

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Celia Cruz is as widely revered as the Queen of Salsa for her genre-breaking vocals as she is for the regalia she adorned on stage. After being exiled by Fidel Castro from Cuba, she brought her Afro-Latina culture to the mainland–undiluted.

Given how much her homeland tropical paradise influenced her fashion, there’s no question the La Reina would have brought all the azúcar to the 2019 Met Gala theme: “Camp: Notes On Fashion.”

She wore hibiscus flowers in her hair at black tie events as only she could.

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Not to mention all kinds of feathers to tie the whole look together. Cruz is Mother Nature and we just enjoyed our moments basking in her greatness.

They say birds of a feather stick together.

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We’re sure that in 2019, she would have seen all the PETA footage and would be blowing up her own fashion line of faux feathered gowns. How about those wrist cuffs?

She totally crushed this peacock look.

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Oh, honey, it’s camp theme Cuba style, or didn’t you hear? Birds and flowers of paradise are what Celia would get to work with. Not only does she look flawless in her style, but she is also happier than ever in those outfits.

Remember when Cruz started this shoe trend?

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Imagine her bringing this back with some serious tread for those talus, rocky trails. This is thee workaround for wearing heels outdoors. Lady Gaga should be thanking Cruz for opening the doors for this kind of footwear.

Meet a regal, cozied neck Queen.

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If you wondered whatever happened to turtle necks, they went camping. Cruz was rocking turtle necks for many decades and they just seem to suit her.

The wider the turtle neck, the closer you are to God.

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She’d slay the red carpet via towering turtle necks or dressed as a songbird. Either way, Celia Cruz isn’t about being cold. She is just like our abuelas, after all.

Behold, an Ice Queen.

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Are those faux icicles around her neck? Imagine with the advances of fashion technology today what this look would become at the Met Gala. It is clear that she is not shy about trying something new and different.

Back in the day, her more modest looks were classic favorites.

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Bet you’ll see a pea-coat at the Met Gala tonight. You’ll never find a shivering Celia because she was prepared for all weather conditions.

She might be the only person to ever pull off a fringe poncho.

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Ponchos may have been in for a minute in the 2000s, but when you’re “camping,” there are no rules. You can wear a poncho in the rain and in the cold and be feeling good about yourself.

Cruz was Poison Ivy before Uma Thurman.

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She looks like a flawless goddess of nature and we are here for it. She gave us all of the Poison Ivy vibes we never knew we needed before Uma Thurman even tried it.

Celia Cruz giving us snow melted, pristine alpine lakes you just need to swim in.

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Please note the embroidered neckwear and tell me she hasn’t dressed her whole life to win this theme. She has and she is still winning this theme because, well.

Cruz could easily win the Met Gala with this regal falcon imagery.

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She’s beauty and she’s grace… and she’s also a stunning predatory bird who will comfortably have the rest of y’all for dinner. Okay. So no one wins but she would be the best dressed for sure.

Meet the elevated beanie look.

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Your mami would never let you go outside without a hat to keep your head warm. Cruz was only ever seen dazzling.

Patterns are Cruz’s best friends and here’s the proof.

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No zebras were harmed in this homage to Africa’s most recognizable mammal and the Aloe flower, native to the continent. Mother Nature.

This one is a bit toned down but imagine Cruz being given the challenge of camp and her incorporating her stars.

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The only way we can look at Cruz is to look up to her. Here she is as dazzling as a remote night sky and we can only imagine that her campy take on this would include a moon headpiece.

Color blocking at one of the highest levels.

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Here’s Cruz giving us both and the difference is night and day. This is a day to evening dress for sure. It even feels like a little bit clownish and would totally stand out at the red carpet.

She might have a toned down outfit but her sunglasses are giving us all the camp we want.

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We just can’t get enough of Cruz and her looks. She knows how to deliver and we just want to see her shine all the time. If she was here today, the Met Gala audience would be gagging.

Whether she’s wearing literal tropical flowers…

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As is her right. Most guests at the New York City Met Gala will only have memories (or Instagram inspo) in American desert, pine forests and Pacific alpine meadows for reference.

Or is embodying the essence of the Roseate Spoonbill bird…

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That bird is worth looking up. She looks like a flamingo with a wide flat beak and she gets her color from exclusively eating shrimp. You can’t find those birds in New England.

There’s no question that Celia would have owned the red carpet tonight.

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Here she is wearing the Sun, the Moon, and a campfire ring all in one. In terms of light and heat, that’s the only way to summarize camping.

We’ll be thinking of you tonight, Celia.

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She would have been 92 years old, with even more experience to back up her look. What we know is that if Celia Cruz could walk the carpet, it would be full of hibiscus’, feathers and all things tropics. Te queremos, Celia!

READ: 21 Things You Didn’t Know About Celia Cruz, The Indisputable Queen Of Salsa

These Are The Top Met Gala Looks That Left Us All Gasping As Latinos Took The Pink Carpet

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These Are The Top Met Gala Looks That Left Us All Gasping As Latinos Took The Pink Carpet

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The biggest night in fashion came and went last night, but we still can’t get over how these Latinos brought high fashion to the pink carpet this year. The theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” formally in reference to Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on “Camp.” Celebrities showed up and gave us all of the playful campy vibes we could handle.

Believe that while many guests played it safe–including most men who showed up in black suits, these Latinos came to deliver.

Cardi B stole the show and wore the red carpet.

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The carpet this year was pink, in homage to the playful theme. In Cardi’s Instagram story later that evening, we see her eating pizza and watching Met Gala coverage while shouting, “Thom Browne! Thom Browne!” at the TV. She, and the rest of us, are in love with the designer, too.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez captured the theme with all the elegance.

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J.Lo wore full-length Versace gown and apparently, fiancé Alex Rodriguez asked his Instagram followers to vote between a pink or a black tux. We’re glad he went pink.

Maluma arrived at the Met Gala for the first time looking dashing, even though everyone ignored him.

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Maluma understands fashion like nobody. Apparently, Celine Dion didn’t understand what the ‘camp’ theme meant until the last moment. Bravo, Maluma. We see you and we love it.

Camila Mendes and boyfriend Charles Melton were looking chic af.

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“I feel like a nugget amongst chicken selects,” Mendes told W Magazine as she was prepping for the Gala. She’s wearing head to toe Prabal Gurung and real ostrich feathers!

Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson’s ponytail was an actual whip.

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Needless to say, everyone is feeling like Paper Magazine in this tweet:

Dear @TessaThompson_x,
You could step on me. 
Sincerely,
The lesbian behind this account 

Indya Moore appeared to her first Met Gala in full camp regalia.

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Facts: camp culture is queer culture, and our queer family showed up tonight. Billie Porter himself was carried by six men on a chariot into the show.

We were so excited to see MJ Rodriguez at the Met Gala for the first time!

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And she was excited too! Check out her Instagram caption:

So happy to be gracing The #metgala#metgala2019!!!!! Wearing the amazing @richardquinn with @beladorajewelryand the one and only @louboutinworldheel !!!! My first time at the @metmuseum#GALA
BIG SHOUT OUT TO GALAM

Salma Hayek wore tulle tutu’s around her arms.

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She also had a crown in her high bun. We loved this elegant yet daring look for this kind of event.

Bestie Penelope Cruz wore a stacked skirt gown.

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The color choices here are the furthest away from camp we’ve seen, but the longer you stare at the skirt, the more daring it seems. Of course, Cruz is as bella as ever.

Zoe Saldana gave us a sequin dress with orchids in her hair.

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We love that it’s her eyeshadow that brings both the sequins in her dress and the bright purple flowers in her hair together. Brava.

Thalia made us all wonder if her moonlit gown was lined with an ode to starry space.

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Camp is all about sparking questions and intrigue. Thalia delivered and got us all excited about the rest of the pink carpet. Get it, Thalia.

Meanwhile, La La Anthony’s dress was inspired by that dinero.

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The consensus is in: Latinos brought their A game and collectively won the 2019 Met. But this is all just appearances. Wait till you find out the drama behind the scenes.

READ: Celia Cruz Would Have Slayed The 2019 Met Gala Camp Theme And Here Are The Looks To Prove It

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