Actress Lena Waithe turned heads after she wore an LGBTQ-inspired ensemble to a Catholic-themed gala in Manhattan Monday.
Waithe, who is a queer actress, writer and producer, made a statement in her rainbow-colored robe for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” gala, Glamour magazine reported. She wore a black suit by Carolina Herrera with a pride-inspired rainbow garment sewn to it, creating a gay-friendly take on a religious-inspired event.
Waithe said she wore the rainbow-colored ensemble to reflect her personal thoughts on religion and God. “You talk about church and Catholicism, it’s about — you were made in God’s image … The theme to me is be yourself,” Waithe said to Complex magazine.
The fashion-forward event also praised Waithe’s look calling it “incredible” in a Twitter post.
— The Met (@metmuseum) May 7, 2018
The BuzzFeed UK celebrity reporter also highlighted the controversial relationship between the LGBTQ community and the Catholic church.
— Call Me By My @ (@NotAgainBen) May 7, 2018
Waithe is the first person to wear a pride flag to the Met Gala, according to BuzzFeed.