Asian invasion at the 2021 MET Gala

by Nikko Tuazon
Sep 14, 2021
CL, Saweetie, MET Gala 2021
2NE1's CL (L) and Filipino-American rapper Saweetie made heads turn at the 2021 MET Gala on Monday night, September 13, 2021, in New York City.
PHOTO/S: @alexanderwangny / @christiancowan on Instagram

This year's MET Gala had celebrities gracing the red carpet in skin-baring OOTDs and out-of-the-ordinary ensembles.

Over 150 celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and fashion brought their style game to the next level with their interpretation of the theme "In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion."

The event was held on Monday night, September 13, 2021 (U.S. time) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Some stars took the opportunity to showcase their Asian heritage at the highly publicized event. (Philippine Entertainment Portal) gives a rundown of what they wore at the 2021 MET Gala.


Hitmakers Saweetie, Olivia Rodrigo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Kehlani—all of whom are of Filipino descent—made sure to represent the Philippines on the red carpet of the 2021 MET Gala.

Saweetie proudly flaunted her Filipino and African-American heritage in her bedazzled, slinky red Christian Cowan gown.

Her gown had 10 million hand-placed crystals and a train that had the colors of the Black-American heritage flag and the Philippine flag.

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In an interview with Essence magazine, Saweetie said, "I have two flags draped delicately on my body. 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."

Disney stars Olivia Rodrigo and Hailee Steinfeld, who are both of Filipino-American descent, became "red carpet besties" at this year's MET Gala.

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Olivia stepped out at the prestigious fashion event wearing a sheer lace Saint Laurent jumpsuit with feather details.

Hailee, on the other hand, surprised her fans at her 10th MET Gala appearance. She was unrecognizable in her platinum blonde hairdo, which complemented the intricately detailed dress by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen.

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R&B singer Kehlani—whose heritage is Black, White, Native American, Filipino, and Mexican—dazzled on the yellow carpet wearing a metallic OOTD designed by Jason Rembert for the luxury brand Aliétte.

k-pop stars on the red carpet

Two Asian artists also made history as the first two female K-Pop stars to grace the event.

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2NE1's CL was a showstopper at her first-ever MET Gala appearance wearing a denim piece in a Hanbok-inspired silhouette, designed by Alexander Wang.

BlackPink's Rosé dressed modestly in her little black dress with a white statement bow from Saint Laurent. She had the brand's creative director Anthony Vaccarello as her arm candy for the event.

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2NE1's CL (L) and Filipino-American rapper Saweetie made heads turn at the 2021 MET Gala on Monday night, September 13, 2021, in New York City.
PHOTO/S: @alexanderwangny / @christiancowan on Instagram
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