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What TikTok stars like Addison Rae and Emma Chamberlain wore to their first Met Gala

Remember when Kendall Jenner was the youngest person you’d see on the Met Gala red carpet? Well, in the spirit of American democracy, fashion’s answer to the Oscars has now extended its coveted invites to teenage TikTok stars.

Leading the charge is Addison Rae, who made her Met Gala debut with her new blonde hairdo and a vintage Tom Ford for Gucci gown that’s almost as old as she is. Similarly, Emma Chamberlain, the 20-year-old influencer who has amassed millions of followers on Youtube and TikTok, stunned on the red carpet with her custom Louis Vuitton minidress, embellished with mirrored sequins and crystals.

While TikTok’s biggest star, Charli D’Amelio, didn’t join the fashion parade, her sister Dixie did — and in nothing less than a black Valentino haute couture mini dress with a matching feather hat. (Country musician Kacey Musgraves wore a similar look just yesterday for the MTV VMAs.)

Addison Rae in vintage Tom Ford for Gucci at the 2021 Met Gala
Addison Rae in vintage Tom Ford for Gucci. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

In fact, there was no shortage of Gen Z influencers on the red carpet, despite the fact that it was already crowded with famous figures like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. The Met Gala, Anna Wintour’s ultra-exclusive pet project, has been trying to appeal to a younger (and TikTok-obsessed) audience for years now — for better or worse. You might recall the controversy that James Charles, the outspoken Youtube star and beauty influencer, stirred with his Met Gala appearance in 2019.

That was just a taste of things to come. This year, youthful celebrities like Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka and Billie Eilish were all named as co-chairs for the Met Gala. And you’ll find their peers on the guest list: 18-year-old popstar Olivia Rodrigo showed up in a Saint Laurent lace catsuit, while K-Pop superstar Rosé of Blackpink donned a minidress by the brand; Lil Nas X came in three different outfits; model Kaia Gerber, like Eilish, resembled a fresh-faced debutante with her Oscar de la Renta gown; and she joined a host of famous offspring like Lourdes Leon, Lily-Rose Depp and Ella Emhoff.

Times are certainly changing. What hasn’t, though, is our love for a fashion statement. Below, see what else the TikTok stars and Gen Z influencers wore to the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala.

TikTok star Dixie D'Amelio in Valentino haute couture at the 2021 Met Gala
Dixie D’Amelio in Valentino haute couture (Photo credit: Arturo Holmes/MG21/Getty Images)

Rosé of Blackpink in Saint Laurent, with designer Anthony Vaccarello (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Rosé of Blackpink in Saint Laurent, with designer Anthony Vaccarello (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Olivia Rodrigo in Saint Laurent (Photo credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Emma Chamberlain in Louis Vuitton (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Emma Chamberlain in Louis Vuitton (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta (Photo credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images)
Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta (Photo credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images)

Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta (Photo credit: John Shearer / WireImage)
Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta (Photo credit: John Shearer / WireImage)

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel haute couture (Photo credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Storm Reid in Prada (Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Ella Emhoff in Stella McCartney (Photo credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images)

Lourdes Leon in Moschino (Photo credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images)

Lil Nas X in Versace (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Lil Nas X in Versace (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Header photo credit: Getty Images

Pameyla Cambe
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Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.