When asked to predict Kim Kardashian‘s 2021 Met Gala look, most fans would have pictured a glamorous gown with meticulously studded rhinestones and complex makeup. No one could have predicted, however, that Kardashian would have walked the red carpet in a completely black attire, covering her body from head to toe.

Social media sites blew up with comments, and it seemed like everyone had something to say about Kardashian’s look. TikTok and Instagram flooded with theories as to why Kardashian dressed in all black, and why the face and body that she flaunts so often was fully covered. Memes and tweets took social media by storm and left people wondering what the true message behind this 2021 Met Gala outfit was.

The theme for this year’s Met Gala was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” A debate circled over Kardashian’s obscure ensemble – had she been making a political statement like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Or paying homage to a well-known influence like Megan Thee Stallion had done?

Many thought that the outfit was a lazy attempt, and others questioned why she had chosen this look, convinced that it had no meaning or added value to the theme. While popular opinions, these thoughts were proven untrue.

It was clear that the attire was loosely based off of her ex-husband’s new album, Donda, in which the cover of the album is completely black, much like the Balenciaga outfit Kardashian wore to the event. Designed by Demna Gvasalia, the fully black look covered Kardashian from head to toe. Faceless and unannounced, Kardashian proved that she is a symbol of America; she was easily recognized by only the silhouette of her physique. Kardashian was covered head to toe in all black, and all of her features were masked, yet viewers and attendees of The Met Gala knew immediately that she was the one behind the dark covering.

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