The Top 5 Athlete Outfits at This Year’s Met Gala Red Carpet

singer Billie Eilish waves at the cameras at the 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet

The Met Gala is undeniably the crown jewel of fashion, where bold concepts and intricate tailoring come together for a night like no other. In addition to the usual suspects, this year’s event attracted many athletes who walked off the court, field, track, and floor, and onto the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2021 Met Gala. Singer Billie Eilish and tennis player Naomi Osaka were among the co-hosts of this unforgettable night for fashion.

So, who are the athletes that had everyone talking about their marvelous outfits?

But First… What Was the Theme of the 2021 Met Gala?

Like every other year, this edition of the Met Gala too had a special theme that guests had to adapt in their outfits. The 2021 theme was “American independence,” where creators were encouraged to celebrate American design in all its glory and details. The triumphant return on September 13 didn’t fail to satiate the public’s hunger for glamorous looks, iconic photo moments, and most importantly — creative interpretations of the reigning theme. These five athletes definitely stole the spotlight.

1. Naomi Osaka

tennis player Naomi Osaka at the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala
Tennis star Naomi Osaka co-hosted this year’s Met Gala and stunned everyone with a beautiful Louis Vuitton dress that she walked down the red carpet together with her boyfriend Cordae.

2. Simone Biles

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles at the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala
One of the most stunning outfits at this year’s Met Gala definitely belongs to Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. The talented athlete wore a Swarovski crystal-covered AREA Couture x Athlete gown that was so heavy it required the help of six people for her to be able to walk around.

3. Serena Williams

tennis star Serena Williams posing for the cameras at the 2021 Met Gala red carpet
The marvelous tennis star was joined by her husband, Alexis Ohanian. Serena is no stranger to high fashion, and her choice for the evening did not disappoint. She wore a silver lace catsuit with pink stars by Gucci which she paired with a statement-making ombre pink feather cape. Talk about making an entrance – right?

4. Lewis Hamilton

F1 star Lewis Hamilton poses at the 2021 Met Gala red carpet
The F1 superstar graced the red carpet of the Met Gala wearing an eccentric Kenneth Nicholson outfit. When interviewed about the event, Hamilton called the night “pure magic.” His outfit certainly was!

5. Allyson Felix

Olympian Allyson Felix poses at the 2021 Met Gala red carpet
While everyone was sad to learn Allyson Felix decided to finish her Olympic career in Tokyo, fans were happy to see her in a whole new light at the Gala. The athlete wore a beautifully tailored, billowing feathered dress by Fendi that had all eyes glued on her.