AOC makes statement with bold gown at Met Gala
The Met Gala is famed for its fashion but we reckon few were expecting this
The Democrat, who represents New York's 14th congressional district, turned up to the annual event in an otherwise simple white dress, which was made striking by the words 'TAX THE RICH' written in bold red letters across the back.
AOC was quick to bat away criticism from the "haters" questioning why she was present at the exclusive ball to begin with.
And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening.🤗
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 14, 2021
Her lengthy caption reads as follows:
"The medium is the message.
"Proud to work with @aurorajames as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream @brothervellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the @cfda against all odds - and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met.
"The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich.
"And yes, BEFORE anybody starts wilding out - NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance. Dress is borrowed via @brothervellies ?"
Whilst many on social media were quick to point out that Cortez - who many have claimed is a millionaire (despite this being disproved) - wearing such a dress at a high profile affair was a bit rich, her statement dress made her point pretty clear.
Regardless, as Forbes puts it, the internet seems divided over whether this is the "ultimate fashion statement" or, conversely, a performative "display of hypocrisy".
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