After an almost a year and a half hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Met Gala is back, with our favorite celebrities walking the red carpet in their best light. Organized this year by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka, the 2021 Met Gala will soon become an unforgettable evening with celebrities bringing the theme “In America: A Fashion Lexicon” to life.
While Hollywood stars and performers were stunned on the red carpet as usual, the athletes appeared as the unexpected stars this time around. From Allyson Felix, Venus Williams, Simone Biles to Emma Raducanu, the 2021 Met Gala saw our favorite sports icons pull off their fashion game. Here is a list of athletes who stole the show at one of the biggest red carpet events of the year.
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Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who is also the 2021 Met Gala co-chair, arrived hand-in-hand with boyfriend Cordae. She honored her Japanese and Haitian heritage with a colorful Louis Vuitton ruffle dress, paired with a bright red Obi belt and bold makeup. While the look was snubbed by many for being too bizarre and haphazard, it maintained the multicultural spirit of the event.
Allyson Felix made a grand entrance and stole the show in her gorgeous Kim Jones dress. The Olympian track and field sprinter swapped her running shoes for heels and looked divine in the pastel blue mock neck dress with a cuckoo neckline. It was adorned with over 240,000 ostrich feathers and crystal beads.
Star gymnast Simone Biles has been the center of controversy and criticism since she pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics over her mental health treatment. However, the athlete appears to have developed a knack for dominating the red carpet. A day after her stunning appearance at the 2021 MTV VMAs, Simone Biles attended the 2021 Met Gala in an 88-pound three-layer dress, designed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area. The dress featured a sparkly, star-studded black catsuit worn with a minidress, over which she sported a massive skirt embellished with Swarovski crystals.
Emma Raducanu recently made history when she became the first British tennis player to win the US Open in 44 years. The 18-year-old made her Met Gala debut on September 13 in a monochrome look printed by Chanel. Her dress had a cutout at the waist adorned with a pearl belt adorned with jewels. She paired her dress with black boots and diamond earrings.
Olympian gymnast Sunisa Lee stayed true to her epithet of ‘golden girl’ by donning her metallic gold ensemble at the Met Gala.
Tennis icon Serena Williams attended the Met Gala with her husband Alex Ohanian while looking pretty in pink. She wore a superhero-inspired lace bodysuit and paired it with a feathered cape in all shades of pink.
Older sister Williams set the red carpet on fire in a dazzling red satin gown by Prabal Gurung. Venus Williams spoke about her fashionista niece and Serena Williams’ daughter Alexis Olympia as she walked in her off-the-shoulder gown with a ruffled neckline and long train.
Stephen and Ayesha Curry
NBA star Stephen Curry and his actress wife Ayesha Curry showed up in a stunning couples ensemble by Atelier Versace.
Footballer Megan Rapinoe looked utterly American in a shiny red suit with a starry blue shirt. She completed her look with a clutch bearing the message “In Gay We Trust”.
While technically not an athlete, wife and NFL singer Ciara’s 2021 Met Gala dress was a nod to her husband Russell Wilson – the NFL star with the Seattle Seahawks. Ciara donned a shimmering neon green dress wearing Wilson’s number 3 jersey. The long-sleeved Dundas dress was cut out at the sides and also had dramatic epaulettes identical to NFL jerseys. She wore an emerald green eyeshadow and Wilson’s Super Bowl ring as the ultimate accessory.