Filipino-American stars Hailee Steinfeld, Olivia Rodrigo, and Saweetie rocked the red carpet of the annual Met Gala in New York on Monday night (September 13).
The Met Gala is held annually to raise funds for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's (MoMA) Costume Institute. This year’s theme was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" which highlights American fashion.
Hailee’s fans could hardly recognize the Hollywood actress who graced the red carpet in a snowflake-inspired look. The 24-year old Fil-Am actress sported a fierce blonde lob hairstyle and bleached eyebrows. Her new do perfectly complemented her Iris van Herpen dress and sky-high heels.
Olivia stunned in a sheer black Saint Laurent lace bodysuit lined with a flamboyant feathered neckline. Finishing her look, the Fil-Am popstar donned matching silver jewelry and sky-high platform heels.
RnB star Saweetie, who always dishes out adventurous outfits in classic silhouettes, strut the red carpet in a dazzling red body-tight Christian Cowan gown which featured both the Filipino flag and Black American flag. The custom dress comes with a sheer train and a thigh-high slit. She topped off her look with the metallic jewelry.
"I have two flags draped delicately on my body," Saweetie told the press at the red carpet. "One of them is the Black American Heritage flag and the other is the Filipino flag 'cause I'm Black and Filipino, and that's what makes me an American girl."
Just a day before the Met Gala, both Olivia and Saweetie bagged awards at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
Olivia's "Driver's License" won Song of the Year and Push Performance of the Year at the MTV VMAs. It was the first song released from her debut album "Sour." She also bagged the Best New Artist award at the VMAs.
Meanwhile, Saweetie's “Best Friend” music video, featuring Doja Cat, won Best Art Direction by Alec Contestabile.
Another Fil-Am artist, Bruno Mars, alongside Anderson Paak and Silk Sonic, took home "Best R&B" and "Best Editing" for the hit summer, sexy track "Leave the Door Open."
Social media influencer Bretman Rock and TikTok sensation Bella Poarch also graced the VMA red carpet.
Bretman wore a black and yellow animal print Roberto Cavalli gown paired with black thigh-high leather boots. The dress, which was pulled from Cavalli's archive, was actually worn by singer Aaliyah in the VMAs 21 years ago.
Bella blew the crowd with a dress designed by Project Runway Season 14 alumna Candice Cuoco. Cuoco described the stunning look as "a multi lace beaded corset coat with a sculptural lace-up back bodice and sleeves, paired with lace bell bottoms and a massive tiered train topped with leather black butterflies and hand sewn Victorian trims."
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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