How Lena Waithe Represented The LGBTQ Community At This Year's Met Gala

"You were made in God's image."

Monday night's Met Gala found attendees channeling religious imagery for the theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination." TV writer and actress Lena Waithe, meanwhile, made a bold statement by wearing a rainbow cape reminiscent of the LGBTQ Pride flag, and earned the internet's praise in the process.

The Master of None writer and creator of Showtime's The Chi, who last year became the first Black woman to win a comedy-writing Emmy, called the Carolina Herrera outfit an "epic moment of defiance" on Instagram. Many on Twitter appreciated the representation and saw it as a powerful statement about a religion that isn't always accepting of the LGBTQ community.

"This is like my skin, I'm proud to be in it," Waithe said of the look, according to the New York Times. "I've got the community on my back to make sure they know I've got them all the time."

"The theme to me is, like, 'Be yourself,' " she added. "You were made in God's image, right?"

According to Vanity Fair, Waithe told E!'s Brad Goreski earlier in the night that her look was "for all the legendary children."

This isn't the first time Waithe, who is openly gay, has spoken out about issues affecting the LGBTQ community. In a recent appearance on The View, the writer shared her wish that more actors of color would come out, to inspire and uplift young people who may be struggling.

"We have to be a bit of a beacon of light for those young kids of color who are wondering like, 'Am I weird? Is there something wrong with me?' " Waithe said. She shared of her own openness, "I don't know how to not be gay as hell, or Black as hell. That's who I am."

Cover image: Kathy Hutchins /


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