Megan C. Hills, NCS

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to the 2021 Met Gala on Monday night with a vivid purple message for Americans: “Tax the Rich.”

Dressed in a white off-the-shoulder gown by Brooklyn-based designer model Brother Vellies, the New York politician revealed the assertion, scrawled in daring lettering on the again of her costume, as she ascended the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Making her Met Gala debut, Ocasio-Cortez accomplished the look with trademark gold hoops and a single pink flower pinned into her hair bun.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion, she defined why she had introduced her message to the Met Gala, an occasion attended by a lot of Hollywood’s greatest — and wealthiest — stars.

“When we speak about supporting working households and after we speak about having a honest tax code, oftentimes this dialog is going on amongst working and center class folks (on) the senate flooring.

“I think it’s time we bring all classes into the conversation,” she continued.

Ocasio-Cortez’s selection of white echoed the lengthy historical past of American congresswomen carrying the shade in reference to the ladies’s suffrage motion. She wore a white go well with to her swearing-in ceremony in 2019, later saying on Twitter that it was in honor of “the women who paved the path before me, and for all the women yet to come.”

Ocasio-Cortez was joined on the cream-colored purple carpet by Brother Vellies’ artistic director Aurora James, who is understood for spearheading an initiative often known as the “15% Pledge.” The pledge, which started on Instagram, urges retailers and firms to commit 15% of their buying energy to supporting Black-owned companies.

While the gown was celebrated by many onlookers as daring and subversive, critics referred to as the transfer hypocritical — pointing to the actual fact she was rubbing shoulders with the wealthy and well-known at an occasion that costs $35,000 for a ticket.

Vanessa Friedman, chief style critic on the New York Times, took to Twitter to say, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attending the $35,000-a-ticket #MetGala in a Brother Vellies gown blaring “Tax the Rich” is a difficult proposition.”

Others took a firmer stance. Political commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas wrote on Twitter: “Not an @aoc hater. But come on, going to an event for super-rich with ‘tax the rich’ written on your ass, won’t change a thing. It’s a stunt to justify her presence at an fancy shin-dig that doesn’t match her political persona.”

Meanwhile, James addressed criticism throughout an interview with NCS saying, “I think ultimately a lot of these conversations that we have about economic justice usually happen in spaces with working class people…and (the congresswoman) wanted to make sure that this message was brought into that room and into a group of people who ultimately have to be more wiling to be more liberal with their economic values as well.”

There had been different daring statements on present on the annual fundraiser, which generates cash for the Met’s Costume Institute and borrows its theme from the museum’s newest exhibition (this 12 months, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”). Earlier, soccer star Megan Rapinoe was seen carrying a clutch which learn “In Gay We Trust,” whereas Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney arrived in a vibrant costume coated in daring textual content which learn “Equal Rights for Women.”

On Twitter, Maloney addressed her daring outfit, which celebrates the nineteenth modification, granting girls the correct to vote. She wrote: “Across the country, women’s rights are under attack.”

“As the Met Costume Institute reopens (with its) inaugural exhibit celebrating American designers, I am calling 4 the certification of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) so women can be equal once and for all,” she continued.

Other stars interpreted the all-American theme by paying homage to US icons, channeling previous Hollywood and paying tribute to the nation’s melting pot of numerous cultures.

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