05/08/2018 10:44 EDT | Updated 05/08/2018 10:44 EDT

People Are Here For Lena Waithe's Met Gala 2018 Pride Fashion Statement


Most celebs adhered to last night's Met Gala 2018 theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" by sporting crosses, or references to the Virgin Mary and works of art displayed in the Sistine Chapel. Rihanna even held court as a bedazzled bishop.

But Lena Waithe went a different — and arguably much more powerful — route. The "Master of None" actress, who is openly gay, attended the Met Gala wearing a rainbow flag as a cape over a black suit. The symbolism is clear: Here is a queer, black woman waving her pride flag at an event that's celebrating an institution, the Catholic church, which historically has a problematic relationship with the LGBTQ community.

"Tonight, this cape is not imaginary, it's rainbow-coloured," Waithe told Vogue, referring to her Emmys speech in which she talked about wearing imaginary capes. "And we got the black and brown, you know. I'm reppin' my community, and I want everybody to know that you can be whoever you are, and be completely proud, and be doin' it, so ... Wear the damn cape."

And the response was moving.

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