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Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe (Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times)

What do you wear to one of New York’s most exclusive social events? If you’re Lena Waithe, the choice is clear: you wear a rainbow cape.

Attending the 2018 Met Gala, the 33-year-old screenwriter and producer donned a floor-length cape, sewn onto her blazer—a bold fashion statement—and a political one. The ensemble was in conversation with this year’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

“The theme to me is…be yourself,” Waithe told a reporter. “It’s about being ‘You were made in God’s image.'”

Waithe worked closely with Carolina Herrera’s Creative Director Wes Gordon to create a look that reflected her personality. The flag even included black and brown stripes.

We already knew that Waithe is a superhero: after becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, she’s shown the world that she’s an unstoppable creative force and has brought unprecedented visibility to queer women of color. But this cape cements her superhero status.





Annie Brown
Annie Brown
Annie Brown is a communications professional in the Washington, D.C. area who’s dabbled in writing, editing, and social media for Tagg since 2016. Her favorite things in life include corgis and coffee.