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LOOK: Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, other athletes shine at 2021 Met Gala

Beatrice Go

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LOOK: Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, other athletes shine at 2021 Met Gala

STARDOM. Naomi Osaka shows that she's an icon on the red carpet.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympians and US Open tennis stars Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez enjoy a dazzling after party

The world’s biggest sports stars flashed their off-the-court styles in high fashion at the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday, September 13 (Tuesday, September 14, Manila time).

Tennis player Naomi Osaka, who has made waves around the world advocating for athletes’ mental health, is among the co-chairs of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintou. The others are Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, and Amanda Gorman.

Osaka, who had announced that she would be taking time off tennis, pulled off a stunning look honoring her Japanese and Haitian ethnicity.

Naomi Osaka
MIXED ETHNICITY. Naomi Osaka combines her Japanese and Haitian influences.
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Osaka represented Japan at the Tokyo Olympics, where she was revealed to be the cauldron lighter of the quadrennial meet.

Gymnast Simone Biles, who also made a stance on mental health during the Tokyo Games, stayed true to theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” dazzling with her star-studded gown.

STAR-STUDDED. Simone Biles uses her platform to stand up for mental health in the Tokyo Olympics.
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Right after thrilling New York at the US Open, women’s singles champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leylah Fernandez also graced the event with their maiden appearances at the Met Gala.

US OPEN DARLING. Canada’s Leylah Fernandez wins the hearts of New York after slaying tennis giants at the 2021 US Open.
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Tennis greats Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova also pulled off their own grand looks on the red carpet.

GRANDEUR. Serena Williams comes out majestic in her ombre pink coat.
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US Women’s Football star Megan Rapinoe also adhered to the dress code, looking sharp in her America-themed suit.

SHARP. Megan Rapinoe flashes elegance in a smart and stylish blazer and top.

NBA stars Russell Westbrook, and Steph Curry and his wife Ayeesha also made an appearance in the fashion event as the country’s top basketball icons.


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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.