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AOC's "Tax the Rich" Dress Wasn't That Radical

At this point, "Tax The Rich" is not a radical statement

AOC and Aurora James, Met Gala 2021

When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrived at the 2021 Met Gala in a white tuxedo dress that said "Tax The Rich," immediately criticisms were raised against her.

People called her a hypocrite for attending the Gala, for accepting the gifted ticket and dress, for being rich herself, and a flurry of other claims and questions.

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15 Looks That Saved the 2021 Met Gala

So many disappointments that not even Rihanna could save us.

The Sweatpants. The Converse. I guess this is American fashion

Timothee Chalamet at the Met Gala

Let's just say it: the Met Gala was … embarrassing.

We waited two years, we speculated for months, and then the night finally came and it was disappointing at best, but more aptly described as a horror show of mediocrity and misses. And then we woke up the day after and had to remember that no, it wasn't a dream.

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14 American Designers to Know Before the Met Gala 2021

The theme of the 2021 Met Gala is a celebration of American fashion.

Pyer Moss SS19 by Micaiah Carter

The Met Gala is back!

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This Haunts Me: Did Kanye West Shit His Pants at the Met Gala?

The search term "Kanye Met Jeans" lives in my mind rent free

Much to think about

I've never really thought too hard about Kanye West's outfits at the Met Gala — most men's outfits don't impress me enough to stay in the forefront of my mind.

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The Met Gala's Most Creative Looks

There's fashion and then there's Met Gala fashion.

Every year, the Met Gala presents a window into a parallel universe where everything is far more fabulous and poetic than it ordinarily appears.

This year we're all at home, which isn't necessarily a travesty. Normally I can't stand red carpets, but there's something about the Met Gala that feels different, and it's not just the pink carpet. Maybe it's because the Met Gala is more of an art exhibition than a celebrity showcase. Maybe it's because of the Met Museum itself, which certainly has a way of casting everything in a different light. In college I used to spend time at the Met wandering through the rooms and imagining different worlds. The museum is a labyrinth, and it's fun to see our beloved stars get lost in it, even in theory.

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I don't think I've ever been as interested in royals as I've been since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their "step back" from the Royal Family earlier this year.

Back in January, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plan to try being kind of normal in a divergence that's so cleverly been dubbed "Megxit." The couple are now splitting their time between the U.K. and North America, creating a perfect opportunity for Meghan to attend this year's Met Gala. Whispers have been circulating about the former Suits star maybe, possibly, getting back into acting, and this year's gala will serve as a perfect Hollywood homecoming for Meghan.

But Harry won't be by his lady's side; instead, Meghan will be attending with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. This pairing checks out, as Meghan guest-edited the magazine's September issue. The Met Gala will also mark Meghan's first public appearance as a non-royal; she and Harry will be stripped of their aristocratic titles come April 1.

"Meghan is keen to step out occasionally without Harry so that she can establish herself once more in Hollywood," an anonymous source told The Sun. In other words: Meghan seems to be thriving. Cutting ties with the Royal Family and attending the Met Gala is a major own.