AOC and Carolyn Maloney use Met Gala to send a political message

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezattends the 2021 Met Gala on Monday in New York City. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

New York City's Met Gala returned on Monday night, with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney among the attendees marking the comeback of the pandemic-delayed, star-studded fashion event with striking political statements.

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez displayed the slogan "tax the rich" on the back of her white dress by Brother Vellies. Fellow Democratic New York lawmaker Carolyn Maloney wore a gown displaying the purple, white and goldcolors of the suffrage movement, with sashes stating "equal rights for women."

  • Ocasio-Cortez said her gown was about "having a real conversation about fairness and equity in our system, and I think this conversation is particularly relevant as we debate … the budget and reconciliation bill," per AP.
  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay told AP her Prada black gown "interpreted American independence, which is the theme," as a celebration of Black excellence.

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