The INSIDER Summary:
- Gwyneth Paltrow went to the 2017 Met Gala.
- She previously said the event was “un-fun” and “sucked.”
- Looks like her views have changed.
- It might have something to do with her partnering with the event chairwoman, Anna Wintour, on a print version of her lifestyle website Goop.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who once proclaimed that the Met Gala was “un-fun” and “boiling,” made a dramatic return Monday night in a shimmery pink gown.
The actress wore a pale pink Calvin Klein dress to the Costume Institute Gala at the Met, one of the biggest star-studded events of the year. Unless you’re an A-list celebrity or fabulous designer, chances are you will never know what it’s like to attend the ” Oscars of the East” to see the incredible tables and the well-dressed celebs.
The actress teased her return to the Costume Institute’s annual gala on Instagram, with an old photo of herself at the Met Gala in 1995 and the hashtag “#fullcirclemomentcomingup.”
Those who know Paltrow’s views on the Met Gala may have been surprised to see the 44-year-old actress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She infamously criticized the ball in a 2013 interview with USA Today, saying she “did not enjoy it at all” and was “never going again.”
Later, in an interview with Australian radio hosts over dinner, Paltrow went further and said the event “sucked”:
It sucked. It seems like it’s the best thing in the world, you always think, ‘Oh my god, it’s gonna be so glamorous and amazing and you’re going to see all these people’ and then you get there and it’s so hot and it’s so crowded and everyone’s pushing you.
Kanye West was playing and he was all furious and he threw his microphone down and it was all drama.
So what changed the Hollywood actress’ mind? It may have had something to do with Paltrow teaming up with Anna Wintour — the chairwoman of the gala since 1995 — to launch a quarterly print version of her controversial lifestyle website Goop.
“I’ve long known Gwyneth to have wonderful taste and vision — but with Goop she has built something remarkable, a thoroughly modern take on how we live today,” Wintour, the Condé Nast artistic director and editor-in-chief of Vogue, said in the press release. “Goop and Condé Nast are natural partners and I’m excited she’s bringing her point of view to the company. We all look forward to working with her and her team.”
Paltrow is not the only celebrity to have spoken out about the Met Gala. Amy Schumer similarly hated the event, calling it a “farce” to Howard Stern and saying the entire event was like a “punishment.”
In 2017, she also returned to the Met Gala:
And then there was Lena Dunham, who drew intense backlash after criticizing not only the Met Gala, but Odell Beckham Jr., the famous New York Giants wide receiver who she was seated next to.
“I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” she said in a conversation with Amy Schumer in her Lenny Letter. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean – he just seemed confused.”
Many accused the “Girls” creator and star of unfairly singling out Beckham, while others called her comments at best problematic and at worst racist for immediately sexualizing the gaze of the black man seated beside her.
Dunham, meanwhile, said it was a joke about being “an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels and athletes.”
Just like Schumer and Paltrow, Dunham also returned to the Met Gala in 2017:
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