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2018 Met Gala: Women of Color Killed the Red Carpet

My expectations are high when it comes to the red-carpet style at the Met Gala, also known as “fashion’s biggest night out” and the stars did not disappoint at all. In fact, I was especially excited to see that a lot of the celebs who brought their A-game tonight were WOC! This year’s theme was religion with the Vatican-inspired exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination on display. This year was totally over-the-top but in a good way and some of our favorite stars really surprised me with some really gorg and unexpected looks.

From Jennifer Lopez (who totally shut the red carpet down) to Rihanna’s pope couture-inspired ensemble and Cardi B’s baby bump in a crystal-covered gown— here’s a look at some of the best looks of the night!

Jennifer Lopez was a win for me.

This was hands down my favorite look of the night. Lopez normally goes for sexy, see-through numbers that lightly touch on the Met Gala’s theme but this year homegirl went ALL in rocking a Balmain cross encrusted dress that turned heads. The hair and makeup was perfect and that thigh-high slit showed just the right amount of skin. She worked it!

Solange took things to another level.

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The singer who is known for leaving peeps shook with her red carpet looks, showed up in a sculpted black latex Iris Van Herpen dress but that wasn’t even the best part. She accessorize with both a halo AND a du-rag. Seriously, how dope is that? On Twitter she wrote: “I feel heavenly in black.”

Cardi B looked like a pregnant goddess

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The rapper who recently confirmed she’s expecting, showed off her baby bump is a stunning bejeweled papal tiara, pearl-studded choker, and a pearl encrusted gown that made her look like an immortal Afro-Latina queen. I can’t help but wonder if she was inspired by Beyoncé’s 2017 pregnant Grammy’s performance though.

Rihanna’s look was definitely the talk of the night.

She looked like a hot Barbadian pope and the head-to-toe details on that outfit were breath-taking. Leave it to RiRi to shut down the Met. 

We need to talk about Nicki Minaj’s look though.

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She showed up in an elegant Oscar de la Renta number. But that head piece is really what brought that look full circle. 

I knew Zendaya was going to bring it.

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I don’t know what I loved more: that metal armor-inspired gown or that red wig!

Zoe Saldana’s dress seemed a bit off theme to me.

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BUT you can’t deny she worked that fabulous train!

Kerry Washington looked like a golden dream.

But the natural hair is what really did it for me.

Eiza Gonzalez looked bad ass.

The Mexican actress looked like a super hero meets rebellious nun—I was all for it!

Zoe Kravitz was practically naked.

She worked that dress like it was nobody’s business.

I was really impressed by Sza’s Versace number.

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But I was even more so impressed by that angelic crown of hers. Seriously, where can I get myself one of those?

Mindy Kaling said eff the theme and showed up dressed like a legit queen.

That oversized crown was everything.

Janelle Monae stuck to the theme.

But also stayed true to her signature style. She looked classy AF!

Yara Shahidi was beyond elegant.

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The 18-year-old actress was captivating in a Chanel Couture dress paired with a gorgeous lace head piece. Yes girl!

Selena Gomez looked angelic.

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I loved everything from the dress, to the soft curly updo and the gorgeous shimmery makeup.

Lena Waithe found a clever way to grab the church’s attention.

She made a very powerful political statement wearing a rainbow pride cape designed by Carolina Herrera— genius!

Priyanka Chopra was a vision.

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That Burgundy velvet gown designed by Ralph Lauren was beautiful but it was that gold beaded hood that really stole the show. Apparently the custom piece took over 250 hours to hand bead— my goodness!