Will social media influencers no longer attend Met Gala? Here's what we know
Met Gala is the most exclusive fashion party of the year, hosted by Vogue's long-reigning editor Anna Wintour. The star-studded event is held every year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anna Wintour and the committee appear to have reduced the number of influencers and celebrities in attendance.
The event has historically hosted only the most famous and elite but we have seen an explosion of internet celebrities that have graced the red carpet in the past years but it looks like the influencers have been ousted from the Met Gala this year.
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No more Met Gala for influencers?
The Met Gala has always been a highly coveted event in the fashion industry, attracting the crème de la crème of Hollywood and the fashion elite. In light of the increasing cultural acclaim and number of followers of internet influencers over the past few years, it was inevitable that some would be invited. Several influencers attended the Met Gala last year, including popular TikTokers Addison Rae, Dixie D'Amelio, and Avani Gregg. At the first gala held since the COVID-19 pandemic began in September 2021, makeup vlogger NikkieTutorials, beauty guru Jackie Aina, and Try Guys member Eugene Lee Yang were among the influencers attending. But It seems this year Anna and the committee have cut back on many internet stars to maintain their Exclusivity.
First influencer ever to attend the Met Gala
Chiara Ferragni, a blogger, was the first influencer to attend the Met Gala in 2015. Liza Koshy, a YouTuber, went in 2018 and did red-carpet interviews for Vogue's YouTube channel. Among the attendees was YouTube makeup guru James Charles, who wrote on Instagram in an Instagram caption of his look, “I feel honored and honored to be invited to such a significant event as the ball, as it is a step towards influencing representation in the media.” Lilly Singh, a late-night show host, also attended.
In recent years, some have criticized the inclusion of influencers at the Met Gala, claiming they don't measure up to more traditional celebrities. A 2019 tweet with over 140,000 likes reads, "The Met Gala is actually losing its exclusivity.”
Emma Chamberlain represented Influencer Community
This year's Met Gala's most notable influencer was YouTuber and "It Girl" Emma Chamberlain, who resumed her role as a red-carpet interviewer for Vogue. Chamberlain was the sole representative of internet celebrities this year. For the third year in a row, the YouTuber served as Vogue's YouTube channel's official red carpet host, dressed in a Miu Miu cropped blazer and matching baby blue floor-length skirt and headpiece. She soon changed from her red carpet appearance to a similar black ensemble with a Miu Miu cropped undershirt for her hosting duties.