A number of people have been arrested after a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the Met Gala.
Video footage shared on social media appeared to show dozens of demonstrators stood outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Shouts of ‘If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace’ could be heard during the protest.
Other images posted online appeared to show NYPD officers, who were policing the demonstration, arresting a number of people.
It is not yet known how many people have been arrested at the protest but a number were seen being escorted away in handcuffs.
According to the Daily Mail, which cited a flyer from the scene, the demonstrators, who were chanting: “Black Lives Matter,” were part of a protest organised by an “autonomous group of NYC abolitionists who believe that policing does not protect and serve communities”.
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“The NYPD has a total financial allocation of $11bn per year.
“This money goes towards racist policing that destroys Black and brown communities while people who are struggling do not get the resources they need. CARE, not COPS, is the answer,” the flyer read.
The Met Gala is the biggest annual even in the fashion calendar, and is held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
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This year’s theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. It honours the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The invitation-only event is a fundraising benefit for New York’s MOMA and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition.
Last year’s Met Gala was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic, and Monday’s gathering was about a third smaller than usual with about 300 guests, with proof of vaccination required, though they did not wear masks while posing upon their arrival.
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Considering the comeback-kid nature of this year’s Met Gala, it comes as no surprise that the interpretation of the evening’s theme would lean exuberantly exaggerated.
“I just feel like the hot girl culture needs to give Hollywood glamour,” said Megan Thee Stallion of her high-shine finger waves, parted deeply to one side and falling a few inches past her shoulders. While Megan coupled her glossy lengths with an equally glossy pink lip and sky-skimming lashes, Kaia Gerber’s more abbreviated coiffure found soft stylized curls framing a barely-there blend of power brows and a matte rose pout—the perfect pairing for her Oscar de la Renta gown.
For Yara Shahidi, though, the inspiration came with a name: Josephine Baker. Shahidi channeled the French-American icon with a crown of intricate braids that erupted into a lovely shoulder-length collective of brushed curls. A Baker-esque kiss curl, diamante headband, and mauve makeup served to ensure the reference was a clear one, all while keeping the look as timelessly striking as her beaded Dior gown.
Billie Eilish, meanwhile, channeled Marilyn Monroe with a voluminous blonde bob and corseted ballgown. Because, when it comes to our collective lexicon of fashion, what’s more American than Hollywood?