14 Queer Icons Break Fashion Rules at Met Gala 2023

Met Gala 2023: 14 Queer Icons Broke all the Fashion Rules and We’re Here for It

/ 08:36 AM May 02, 2023

The highly-awaited Met Gala 2023 kicked off last night. As expected, breathtaking outfits paraded and filled the red carpet with LGBTQ+ celebrities showcasing their extravagant styles.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted this year’s gala with the theme “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” paying tribute to the late fashion icon’s legacy.

The queer presentation was evident on the red carpet, with LGBTQ+ personalities displaying distinct interpretations of the theme. These queer looks became a highlight of the evening.

LGBTQ+ Celebs Steal the Show

Although the queer personalities present at the event didn’t wear Lagerfeld’s brands, they stole the show with their theme-appropriate and captivating ensembles.

Here are some of the most stunning queer looks that graced the glamorous night of the Met Gala 2023.

Janelle Monae

Well-known for her distinct sense of style, she stunned the audience with her sculptural Thom Browne look. Her outfit perfectly combines avant-garde and elegance, embodying the event’s theme.

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Jeremy Pope

The two-time nominee expressed himself in his gorgeous ensemble. He wore a massive Balmain cape with Karl Lagerfeld’s face on it.

Seeing how he mustered every ounce of strength as he dragged the heavy piece through the red carpet was a reminder of his commitment to dressing up for such huge events.

Lil Nas X

The rapper donned a bold piece at the event. He wore a pearl-encrusted birthday suit. It was an ode to the late Lagerfeld, embellished with the designer’s signature ruffle details and high collar.

Ariana De Bose

This Jeremy Scott gang member stunned in a black and gold Moschino gown. She looked like a statue that came to life with her gold-emblazoned opera gloves and a peephole in the stomach part.

Jordan Roth

Jordan Roth, Broadway super producer, strutted the red carpet wearing a Thom Browne creation. His huge, black, igloo-like patchwork suit was a real show-stopper.

Paapa Essiedu

Famous for his role in Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You,” he was a stunner in a soft-looking coat in dark teal suede. His suit was oversized and a tad boxy with playful styling of emerald green necklaces.

Tessa Thompson


She graced the red carpet donning a Carlina Herrera collection. Her outfit was a fluffy gown with stunning corsetry around the chest with a ruffled train.

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Tommy Dorfman

Her Christopher Kane look was a creative update on the Gilded Age style. The latex fantasy was very on-point for the evening, and the trans actress looked delighted n her unique representation of the theme.

Emma Corrin

Corrin wore a comically oversized plaid suit by Mid Mid as she paid homage to socialite Evander Berry Wall. Her giant black hat and Cartier jewelry are the perfect accessories for her style choice.

Lena Waithe

She looked like royalty with her aqua coat filled with crystal adornments. Her satin marching band pants and silver boots completed her glamorous style.

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

Like a walking disco ball, she dazzled everyone with a glittering ombre sequin gown. The Golden Globe winner perfected her look with a gorgeous evening cap.

Phoebe Bridgers

Bridgers shined in a silver gown as she attended the Met Gala 2023 with her boyfriend, Paul Mescal, and his on-screen beau, Daisy Edgar-Jones. She sported simple makeup wearing her hair in a tight, small bun.

Cara Delevigne

Her bold outfit left a lasting impression on this year’s Met Gala. Initially wearing a white suit, Delevigne took off her jacket to reveal her bare chest with gold nipple covers, gold spray paint, and a body chain.

Conan Gray

Fresh from his Coachella debut, singer song-writer Conan Gray brought the same vibe at the gala. The magical charm of A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired his sequined disco pants, sheer blouse, and silk chiffon cape.

Overall, this year’s Met Gala featured some of the best queer outfits of the year, with each look embodying the creativity of the LGBTQ+ personalities who wore them.

From Janelle Monáe’s sculptural ensemble to Lil Was X’s pearl-embellished suit, the red carpet was proof of the limitless potential of fashion.

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