Unpopular opinion: Gen-Z bodied the 2021 Met Gala. The annual event lacked A-list regulars, including Kylie Jenner and Harry Styles, but an array of rising stars might just have made up for it, providing us with a fresh take on fashion.

TikToker Addison Rae stirred a lot of noise when she hit the Met carpet but, honestly, didn’t she deserve to be there just as much as the other attendees?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Addison Rae attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Do TikTok stars deserve a place at The Met Gala?

Why wouldn’t internet-famous figures deserve a place at The Met Gala?

For one reason or another, talk of TikTok stars at the prestigious Met Gala caused an awful lot of discourse. In the midst of heated debate, a lot of heads turned towards 20-year-old Addison Rae, who launched into TikTok success back in 2019.

Sure, it could seem a little bizarre that high-couture Anna Wintour or Donatella Versace could be seated near a Gen-Z who rose to fame through short-form video dance clips. But, it’s important to recognise that Rae is an example of the next generation of A-listers.

Now overtaking Instagram for average watch time, TikTok is one of the most used and powerful applications in the social media world. With rising stars, such as Rae, being somewhat of a TikTok pioneer, her potential really shouldn’t be limited.

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Likewise, it feels as though the public were undermining social media figure’s capabilities slightly, during Met Gala debate.

Social media platforms might be responsible for initially launching careers, but the likes of Emma Chamberlain and Addison Rae have gone on to explore new ventures. If starring in a Netflix movie or starting a sustainably sourced coffee company doesn’t make you worthy of a Met Gala seat, what does?

Gen-Z Met Gala 2021 looks explored

Yet another unpopular opinion: social media personalities understood the theme assignment better than some Met Gala ‘veterans’.

Say what you will about Gen-Z, but it’s undeniable that the youths amongst the attendees provided us with refreshing, modern takes from the same-old-same-old.

Experimenting with futuristic styles like Hunter Schafer, or putting a 21st-century twist on Old Hollywood glam like Madison Beer, the under 25’s generally hit the nail on the head.

TikToker Dixie D’Amelio is the perfect example of a social media star who got it right. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, D’Amelio served looks, blending classy with eccentric. Call me crazy but I think the 20-year-old’s Met Gala debut actually topped a lot of outfits worn by regular guests.

Likewise, Emma Chamberlain and Lil Nas X were also standout figures, in terms of style, at the 2021 event.

As for Addison, her look was arguably on the plainer side, but she definitely understood the theme of ‘ In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion’. Going for 2003 Tom Ford for Gucci, an American designer, Rae somewhat channeled Hollywood glam, aided by a sleek blonde ‘do.

The A-list world is changing

Like it or not, the celebrity world is shifting. With platforms like TikTok and YouTube constantly growing and evolving, it’s easier than ever to become ‘famous’.

As per Forbes, TikTok stars are earning up to $5 million a year from the platform alone. I reckon that justifies a seat at the Gala – no matter how prestigious it’s made out to be.

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