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12 Celebs Who Understood The Met Gala Theme And 12 Celebs Who Did Not

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Last night was the Met Gala, and the theme was "In America: A Lexicon in Fashion." Now, "American fashion" is BROAD ā€” you can do American textiles, American films and shows, iconic American designers, and MORE! So, with those parameters, here's a breakdown of some more celebrities who understood the theme and the celebs who, somehow, missed the mark:

1. Understood the assignment: Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Yara's dress, designed by Christian Dior, was inspired by Josephine Baker, the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture. Fun fact: top model Anok Yai's Met Gala outfit was also inspired by Baker.Ā 

2. Did not understand the assignment: Evan Mock

Evan MockĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Evan's outfit, designed by Thom Browne, kinda missed the mark for me...? Like, I love a man in shorts, but the mask was a lil' more American Horror StoryĀ rather than American fashion.Ā 

3. Understood the assignment: Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'oĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Lupita's dress, designed by Versace, was made entirely out of denim, aka the most American fabric I can think of.Ā 

4. Did not understand the assignment: Kim Kardashian

Kim KardashianĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Kim K's outfit, designed by Balenciaga, was a bit more dementor from Harry PotterĀ than American fashun, but that's just one gal's opinion.Ā 

5. Understood the assignment: Michaela Coel

Michaela CoelĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Michaela's bodysuit, designed by Balenciaga, was also inspired by denim ā€” like Lupita's.Ā 

6. Did not understand the assignment: Madison Beer

Madison BeerĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Madison's outfit, designed by Patricia Voto, reminded me a BIT of Marilyn Monroe's orange dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but the color reminded me more of Mia Thermopolis'sĀ "cute asparagus" bathing suit from The Princess Diaries. If this was Genovian fashion, she would have hit the nail on the head.Ā 

7. Understood the assignment: Lili Reinhart

Lili ReinhartĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Lili's dress, designed by Christian Siriano, was embellished with the state flowers from all 50 states of America! Which I think is pretty darn cool!Ā 

8. Did not understand the assignment: ASAP Rocky

ASAP RockyĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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ASAP's outfit, designed by ERL, was just...a blanket? Like, I really don't get this one. Looks comfy, though.Ā 

9. Understood the assignment: Mj Rodriguez

MJ RodriguezĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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MJ's outfit, designed by Thom Browne, definitely reminded me of Carolina Hererra, an iconic American fashion designer who's known for dressing fashionable first ladies.Ā 

10. Did not understand the assignment: Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean arriving at the 2021 Met Gala with a green baby
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Frank's outfit + baby, designed by Prada, was more Shrek than Met.Ā 

11. Understood the assignment: Nikkie de Jager

NikkieTutorialsĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Nikkie's dress, designed by Edwin Oudshoorn, was an homage to Marsha P. Johnson, a trailblazing historical figure and LGBTQ activist. I'm not saying I cried when I saw Nikkie, but I did cry when I saw Nikkie.Ā 

12. Did not understand the assignment: Diane Kruger

Diane KrugerĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Diane's dress, designed byĀ Prabal Gurung, was a lime green momentā„¢ but didn't make much sense for the overall theme.Ā 

13. Understood the assignment: Ciara

CiaraĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Ciara's dress, designed by Dundas, was a nod to American football ā€” she even had a football purse and her dress was adorned with the number 3, the same as her hubby Russell Wilson's jersey. She also wore Russell's Super Bowl ring.Ā 

14. Did not understand the assignment: Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee SteinfeldĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Hailee's outfit, designed byĀ Iris van Herpen, was a SHOWSTOPPER! DON'T GET IT TWISTED! But unless she was inspired by "liberal snowflakes," I'm not quite sure how it fits the theme.Ā 

15. Understood the assignment: Emily Blunt

Emily BluntĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Emily's outfit, designed by Miu Miu, was a nod to the American flag with her star-studded headpiece.Ā 

16. Did not understand the assignment: Lorde

LordeĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Lorde's outfit, designed by Bode, was a bit more reminiscent of the 2018 Met Gala theme "Heavenly Bodies" rather than this year's "In America" theme, if you ask moi.Ā 

17. Understood the assignment: Chloe and Halle Bailey

Chloe and Halle BaileyĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Chloe and Halle's outfits, designed by Rodarte, were inspired by Grace Kelly and Tina Turner, respectively.Ā 

18. Did not understand the assignment: Justin and Hailey Bieber

Justin and Hailey BieberĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Justin's outfit, designed by Drew House, and Hailey's outfit, designed by Yves Saint Laurent, was just...a black suit and dress? Like, simple, but not on theme ā€” at least in my eye.Ā 

19. Understood the assignment: Kim Petras

Kim PetrasĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Kim's outfit, designed by Collina Strada, is giving us "horse girl" realness and I am living for every moment.Ā 

20. Did not understand the assignment: Troye Sivan

Troye SivanĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Troye's dress and Cartier jewels were GORGEOUS, but also, it was just a lil' black dress? Maybe a wee bit tooĀ simple for the Met Gala.Ā 

21. Understood the assignment: Jackie Aina

Jackie AinaĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Jackie Aina's dress, designed by Fe Noel, channeled #BlackBarbie with a dash of Pamela Anderson. *Chef's kiss*

22. Did not understand the assignment: Channing Tatum

Channing TatumĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Channing's suit, designed by Versace, was just that. A suit. Nothing new, nothing changed. Same old shit. He still looks good, though.Ā 

23. Understood the assignment: Billie Eilish

Billie EilishĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Billie's dress, designed by Oscar de la Renta, was the EMBODIMENT of Marilyn Monroe, an American icon if there ever was one.Ā 

24. Did not understand the assignment: Kate Hudson

Kate HusdonĀ arriving at the 2021 Met Gala
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Kate's dress, designed by Michael Kors, was a lil' too pastel and modern to be Barbie-themed...so not entirely sure what she was going for, but at least she looked damn good!

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