Everyone from the notable to the notorious flooded the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of art for the annual ball of it's costume institute. Feathers and fanfare were plentiful on the first Monday in May but so were kinks and coils as natural hair took it's rightful place at center stage.
Shutting down the stairs was Zendaya. The young woman whose style is no stranger to scrutiny looked like she'd Fluffed her fro with the tears of former fashion police. As the face of Dolce and Gabbana Zendaya has been choosing winner after winner from the iconic label. Her printed gown was no exception but it was her hair that really stole the show. She has really set the standard for how to turn an unfortunate incident into a learning opportunity with her graceful reaction to being discriminated against for wearing faux locks. Clearly the young lady knows that you can slay while turning the other cheek.
Lupita Nyongo complimented her sorbet colored frock with confectionary colored eye shadow and a simple chignon. The hairstyle itself may have been a classic but the texture screamed modern #blackgirlmagic.
Solange Knowles might have taken us back to the 90’s with her interpretation of the night’s theme but her brushed out curls were very now. Some think natural hair has to be uniform to be acceptable but sometimes it's most beautiful when it's allowed to do it's thing. Of course Knowles is no stranger to wearing textured hair on the carpet she wore a similar style to the ball in 2014.
In a choice as unexpected as the ones the woman of hour is famous for actress Ruth Negga rocked cornrows with her Valentino Couture. Negga was accompanied by the brand’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and pictures of her staring defiantly at the camera beside him nearly broke the internet as black girls the world over rejoiced at her elegance. The Met Ball is a place to branch out and bring your a game but we at Latched and Hooked have always known that natural hair is suitable for any occasion.
If the looks at the 2017 Met Gala are any indication natural hair is here to stay at the First Monday in May.
Photo Credits: New York Times, Daily Mail, Cosmo UK