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    Kim Kardashian West Defended Her Met Gala Bodysuit Against Criticism And Argued That Her Look Was Actually Very American, Thank You Very Much

    "What's more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!"

    Kim Kardashian West arrived at the 2021 Met Gala wearing one of the most memorable and widely discussed looks of the evening.

    If you followed news coverage or clicked through social media threads related to this year's Costume Institute fundraiser, then you're bound to have seen photos of Kim on the museum's beige carpet. That said, if you didn't recognize the reality star right away, don't sweat it.

    Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala
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    For the record, the veiled figure to Kendall Jenner's left is, in fact, her sister Kim. People had a lot to say about their sibling pic on Twitter this week.

    Kim — who's known for Met Gala ensembles that spark debate online, for better or worse — attended Monday's event in an all-black bodysuit designed by Balenciaga.

    Kim's black ensemble, with long train, on the Met Gala steps
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    The suit covered everything, including Kim's hands, face, and head (save the ponytail), and looked a lot like Kanye West's onstage wardrobe during the rapper's Donda listening parties.

    Kim's Met Gala outfit from the back
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    Her attire prompted a wave of memes on social media, complete with references to Harry Potter's dementors and The Sims' Grim Reaper.

    Profile view of Kim at the Met Gala
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    Some critics argued that Kim's outfit choice didn't fit the theme of this year's gala — "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" — but she disagreed, and defended her choice to wear it yesterday on Instagram.

    Kim and entourage at the Met Gala
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    "What's more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!" the Keeping Up With the Kardashians personality captioned a post with photos of herself on the Met steps.

    Some fashion figureheads saw her point. Kim reposted messages that fashion bloggers Bryanboy and Ritvika Ojha originally shared on Instagram, which took note of the "statement" she was conceivably trying to convey with the look's "simplicity."

    @Bryanboy on IG says "The extremity and the simplicity. A black t-shirt (a very American invention), a shroud and a train. The power of making yourself known while disguising yourself. Genius. Pure brilliance"

    Can you get on board with Kim's explanation? LMK your take on her bodysuit in the comments below!