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Anna Wintour’s Met Gala blasted for inviting TikTok ‘stars’ and YouTube influencers


Pictured: Wintour’s iconic event, set for Sept. 13, will only feature co-hosts under the age of 25, ranging from the likes of Billie Eilish to TikTok ‘stars’ and YouTube influencers

A-list stars are set to shun this year’s Met Gala after learning organizer Anna Wintour complied an influencer-heavy guestlist.

The Vogue editor is said to have invited social media star Addison Rae, 20, who has a combined 120 million followers on TikTok and Instagram, as well as school dropout turned YouTube star Emma Chamberlain, also 20, whose vlogs have attracted 10.5 million subscribers.

One agent said those named and others mooted to attend have put traditional celebrities off going. The unnamed fixer told Page Six: ‘I’ve been told that a lot of influencers are on the guest list.

‘I’ve heard that Facebook and Instagram have taken so many tables, and that’s put a lot of people off going, alongside the mask mandate.

‘Personally, I don’t think the Met is cool anymore … It’s gone from super prestigious to [being] full of influencers’

The gala, which will take place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will take place on September 13, rather than on its usual first Monday in May, after COVID canceled the 2020 event. 

Guests who attend must be fully-vaccinated, and must also wear their masks indoors when not eating or drinking.

The agent who spoke to Page 6 believes some prospective guests will hold out until May 2022, so they won’t have to ruin a spectacular one-off outfit and make-up job with   

This year’s event, themed ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,’ is also the first to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. The 2020 Gala was cancelled indefinitely on March 16, 2020 as the virus began to spread worldwide. 

Beyonce, a Gala regular, is expected to attended this year's event

Beyonce, a Gala regular, is expected to attended this year’s event

Meanwhile, Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen, typically familiar faces at the Met Gala, will not be attending, according to industry insiders

Meanwhile, Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen, typically familiar faces at the Met Gala, will not be attending, according to industry insiders

Gala-mainstays Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian are reported to be attending the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, however many of the gala’s familiar faces are not attending, including the likes of Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen and actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

‘I think the big actors and the big fashionistas will come next year, when it returns in May,’ the agent said. 

‘I also don’t think a lot of people feel like dressing up in ridiculously expensive outfits and putting on a mask for this.’ 

The Post reports that due to COVID-19 mandates, Vogue editor-in-chief and event organizer Anna Wintour had to cut the guest list from 600 to 450.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in May 2019

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in May 2019 

The Post reports that due to COVID-19 mandates, Vogue editor-in-chief and event organizer Anna Wintour had to cut the guest list from 600 to 450

The Post reports that due to COVID-19 mandates, Vogue editor-in-chief and event organizer Anna Wintour had to cut the guest list from 600 to 450

‘I do feel that we thought we would be back to normal, but now with the Delta variant why would you want to do this?’ the agent said. 

‘We’re still in a pandemic, it’s not getting better and [the party is held in] a very enclosed space.’

This year’s focus is on supporting young talent, so guests will skew younger, sources told The Post. 

Other insider sources told the outlet that this year’s event is focused primarily on younger talent in the industry, meaning a lot of invitations to the old guard likely went unsent. 

‘Any of the old guard who are complaining simply didn’t get invited — it’s just sour grapes,’ a fashion insider added. 



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