This year’s Met Gala co-chairs are some of the youngest yet to helm the biggest night in fashion history.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vogue’s annual, star-studded event is set to return this fall, this time with a host of Gen Z icons slated to usher the fashion-forward event back into motion.
According to PEOPLE, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman — both 23-years-old — have been announced as part of this year’s youngest class of co-chairs for the 2021 Met Gala, alongside others like Timothée Chalamet and Billie Eilish.
In an Instagram post, Gorman posted a photo alongside her fellow co-hosts with the caption, “Met Gala here we come ?? honored to co-host alongside giants.”
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Osaka also posted a photo of her co-hosts, along with several photos of Rihanna and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a caption that reads, “oh we lit.”
Vogue describes the entire group as having already “made their mark in fashion” by breaking down barriers and embracing individual styles.
The outlet notes that Osaka’s “striking, colorful pieces” donned both on and off the tennis court as the cause of her becoming a “designer muse and one of the best-dressed athletes around.”
Additionally, Gorman — the first poet to be featured on the cover of Vogue –was regarded as someone who is quickly becoming a household name, but in her short time in the limelight has “cultivated a look powerful enough to match her words.”
ESSENCE reports that there have only been seven Black stars to co-host at the Met Gala since 1995 – this includes Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Idris Elba, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Serena Williams and former GAP president Patrick Robinson. Now two more names can be added to the list.
This year’s Met Gala follows a part one theme titled, ” In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which will run from Sept. 18, 2021 through Sept. 5, 2022 to “celebrate The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,” PEOPLE reports.
The second Met Gala will then be held on May 2, 2022 to celebrate the opening of “An Anthology of American Fashion.”