Met Gala 2018: Lena Waithe Makes Her Statement in Carolina Herrera

Posted on May 08, 2018

We could not possibly have loved this any more:

 

“This is like my skin, I’m proud to be in it,” she told the New York Times. “I’ve got the community on my back to make sure they know I’ve got them all the time.”

We include that quote because there was an immediately formed take throughout social media last night that she was somehow paying tribute to priest’s vestments or alluding to biblical concepts like the coat of many colors or the sign of the covenant. We’re the last people to look down on the idea of interpreting people’s fashion choices, but there are times when you have to let the meaning of the look lie in the intentions of the wearer. And Lena’s intention to make a statement of support for the community to which she belongs, the community that has historically suffered at the hands of the church, should be paid the respect of not being willfully misinterpreted. This is not a biblical rainbow or merely a collection of many colors. Note that this rainbow includes both black and brown bands, which were partially adopted by the LGBTQ community in the last several years, as a way of showing more racial inclusion. This is a highly specific symbol with an inarguable message.

We think it’s notable that her face is so beautifully made up. She always presents herself stylishly and impeccably, but she usually keeps her makeup game played down. We don’t think it’s necessary to read too much into it, but we feel like this was one of the ways in which she’s paying both the venue and her message the respect they deserve. She’s representing, in every sense of that word, and because of that she’s putting a polished, beautiful, and appropriately high-fashion face forward.

 

 

Style Credits:
Custom Carolina Herrera Rainbow Pride-flag Cape
Verdura Brooches

Styled by Tiff Hasbourne

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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