Met Gala 2021: Cara Delevingne instructs us all to ‘peg the patriarchy’ in Dior bulletproof vest

Cara made quite the statement (Picture: Getty)

With a theme as broad as In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, attendees of the 2021 Met Gala could highlight any aspect of American life that they wanted to.

So Cara Delevingne chose pegging. 

The model made quite the statement at last night’s fashion extravaganza, wearing a white bulletproof vest reading ‘Peg the Patriarchy’.

The 29-year-old’s statement on women’s rights was designed by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Cara paired the top with white cigarette pants, heels and wet look hair.

Chiuri has previously referenced women’s rights and equality in her work, having previously included a t-shirt inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reading ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ in her 2017 collection. 

Speaking to Vogue’s correspondent for the night Keke Palmer, Cara explained: ‘If someone doesn’t know what this means, you’re gonna have to look it up.

The model’s vest was designed by Dior (Picture: Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Cara said the look was all about female empowerment (Picture: Taylor Hill/WireImage)

‘It’s about women empowerment, gender equality — it’s a bit like, “Stick it to the man”.’

To save the uninitiated a Google, pegging refers to a cisgender woman performing anal sex on a cisgender male partner with a strap-on sex toy. 

It’s pretty on brand for Cara to have combined her passion for women’s rights with one of her day jobs, which is co-owning the sex toy company Lora DiCarlo.

While most stars chose to just focus on out-and-out glamour at the Met Gala – or, in Kim Kardashian’s case, disappearing into the void – some made political and social statements with their looks.

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy collaborated with Jonathan Anderson and Loewe to use LGBTQ+ artist and activist David Wojnarovicz’s artwork of two men kissing in his Met Gala debut look.

Dan highlighted the work of a queer artist (Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

AOC’s dress received mixed reviews (Picture: Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images For The Met Museum/Vogue)

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He explained: ‘We wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility – acknowledging how hard artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight, while also presenting the imagery in a way that offered a hopeful message. Tonight, we’re celebrating the resilience, the love, and the joy of the community while honouring a crucial American voice that was taken from us too soon.’

Meanwhile, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a gown emblazoned with the phrase ‘Tax The Rich’ – although not everybody was impressed with AOC’s message while attending a $30,000-a-ticket event.


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