Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caused a stir at the 2021 Met Gala last night after she arrived wearing a dress reading "tax the rich..."
Arriving at an event dominated by creative and imaginative outfits, the congresswoman for NY-fourteen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, stole the show in her simple yet effective dress...
"Tax the Rich", it read.
AOC arrived at the Gala, alongside her designer, Aurora James from the fashion label Brother Vellies, wearing a simple, white, off-the-shoulder dress with a tulle bottom.
At first glance, you might think it was a pretty boring dress... Until she turns around.
The show-stopping element was unveiled as the AOC turned to reveal the words "Tax the Rich" painted across the dress in bold, red lettering.
Taking to Instagram to share a picture of her dress, AOC explained that "the medium is the message."
"The time is now for childcare, healthcare, and climate action for all. Tax the Rich," she wrote in her caption.
"And yes, BEFORE anybody starts wilding out - NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city's cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance."
Of course, her decision to make a statement so bold at the Gala received a mixed response.
While some praised AOC's dress and described it as "iconic," others pulled her up on the "irony" of it.
"Tax The Rich dress at a $30,000 ticket event. Imagine being this out of touch," one person wrote.
Despite the mixed opinions, AOC has defended her decision in a press release, where she revealed that she attended the event as she wants to "spotlight women of color who are often not included during events like these."
As per Bustle, AOC said this: "There's no way I'd be doing this if it wasn't with a woman of color and with the intent to grow the table and empower women that look like me. Despite being held in New York City, the culture of the Met Gala is everything but. NYC is often synonymous with inclusivity, inviting millions of people from different walks of life to call this city home. The Met Gala, on the other hand, is seen as elite and inaccessible. I'm attending today because I want to change just that and spotlight women of color who are often not included during events like these."
So, what do you think of her dress? Iconic or ironic?