NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday May 9, 2018 – Barbadian-born superstar Rihanna did not disappoint at the 2018 Met Gala, and owned the red carpet for the ball which she co-hosted with Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace and Amal Clooney on Monday night.
Sticking to the theme of the ball, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” but doing it with her own undeniable flair, Rihanna dominated the red carpet in a Pope-inspired piece that left tongues wagging.
— Crimson Hexagon (@CrimsonHexagon) May 8, 2018
Maintaining her reputation for being among the best-dressed at the event every year, the singer, actor, and fashion designer wore a heavily embellished custom-made John Galliano gown complete with crosses and a beaded bishop’s headdress to match, reminiscent of the papal tiaras worn by popes from the medieval era up until the mid-1960s. Her outfit was accessorized with a pearl anklet and a bejeweled crucifix necklace.
But not all the reviews were good.
The UK’s Evening Standard reported that Rihanna sparked a religious backlash with her outfit.
While she told Vogue that it would have been “a sin not to wear” the piece, many religious fans slammed the look as “disgusting” and “offensive”.
This year’s #MetGala theme and outfits was disrespectful and blasphemous. Nothing right about celebrities sexualising and disrespecting the Catholic Church and Christianity. No other religion gets disrespected like Christianity. Disgusting.
— Jennifer Mary (@jenniferk___) May 8, 2018
So I guess it’s ok to use Catholicism as a costume for Rihanna? This is beyond offensive!!!!
— CK20 (@melissa710) May 8, 2018
Wow @rihanna is serving appropriated looks hunney! The insensitivity tho…. Like so many other looks meet the theme without being offensive, but by wearing the Papal Mitre? Really?
— DANUSIA. (@danusiav) May 8, 2018
Very offensive dress do not like it! Appropriating religious ritual dressings!
— HollywoodDeplorables (@hollywoodhillsv) May 8, 2018