TV Personality Bevy Smith was watching the Met Gala red carpet from home like the rest of us.
The “Fashion Queens” co-host spoke out about the lack of diversity when it came to the luxury garments being worn by the entertainment industry’s elite.
“Black people with access have become far too staid & safe we know how to do too much, be extravagant, but then it’s deemed ghetto until fashion “finds” it,” Smith tweeted.
She continued, “And why no American Black designers, this is how you can tell that all that #BLM support was performative, if this was 2020 Black designers would have flooded the #MetGala carpet.”
A fan then commented, stating that the Black celebrities could have rocked Black designers at the prestigious event.
“In 2019 I wore ALL BLACK DESIGNERS & now with all of these CFDA Black designer initiatives I’m confused as to why we don’t see more,” she agreed.
Another follower then chimed in, offering up a different opinion:
“I agree. But let’s shine in our spaces first and not feeling like the Met has to validate black designers. We can create our own that can attract the same high regard by the fashion world,” she wrote.
Smith is sticking to her guns.
“Baby, this is a discussion about the Super Bowl of fashion, I hosted Fashion Bomb Daily fashion show, interviewed Misa Hylton on Saturday, attended Harlem Fashion Row, Harlem Fashion Week, LaQuan Smith, etc, we are shining in our spaces! We deserve to shine EVERYWHERE,” the former Page Six TV co-host replied.
One person who gets it is Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton, who bought a table at the Gala and invited several Black designers to join him. Tables run upwards of $30,000.
“I’ve brought four incredible, young, Black talented designers,” he said, “so we’ve got a great host of people tonight and it’s about just highlighting beauty and excellence and talent.”