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La Palma Volcanic Eruption: Over 22,000 Tremors Later and Entire Villages are Being Buried in Lava

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La Palma Volcanic Eruption Over 22,000 Tremors Later and Entire Villages are Being Buried in Lava

The La Palma volcanic eruption came as a surprise to many on Sunday the 19th of September mainly due to scientists’ insistence that a volcanic eruption was “not imminent”. However, it was no surprise also as the Spanish Canaries Island of La Palma had experienced over 22,000 tremors before the onset of the volcanic eruption. These tremors were mostly unfelt and were an ‘earthquake swarm‘. Just over a week later now, and the island is covered in a blanket of ash with entire villages being swept away and buried in lava. Tremors can still be felt. La Palma is one of eight volcanic Spanish Canary Islands.

Where Scientist Got It Wrong

According to Geologists and other scientists monitoring the Cumbre Vieja volcanic mountain ranges, an eruption was not imminent despite the tens of thousands of tremors before the eruption. The volcano had been inactive for over 50 years with no eruption and this might have misled the scientists into thinking that it had gone overtly inactive. La Palma’s last volcanic eruption was in 1971 and lasted for over 21 days.

Stunning pictures showing plumes of smoke and molten rock spewed out of the Cumbre Vieja mountain ranges. La Palma Volcanic Eruption.
Stunning pictures showing plumes of smoke and molten rock spewed out of the Cumbre Vieja mountain ranges.

La Palma, one of the smallest Canary Islands in Spain, is known for its fertile volcanic soil which the island’s farmers depend on for their livelihoods. Sunday’s eruption, however, saw farmers rushing to save their crops before the lava, which is molten rock that turns black when exposed to air, reached their farms. The eruption has also released sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, a chemical that is harmful to human health. The sulfur dioxide has reached choking levels in parts of the island as the eruption cordon has been further widened. 

Extreme Pressure, Lava, and Black Ash

A volcano is in many ways similar to a pressure cooker and when it reaches maximum pressure, the lava is spewed out in a violent rumble of molten rock that is over 1000 degrees Celsius. Some of the lava falls back into the volcano, creating more pressure that is spewed out again, in a cycle of lava and pressure. Magma (extremely hot liquid and semi-liquid rocks under the earth’s surface) may also block the spewing out of lava, creating more pressure.

Over 6,000 residents and 400 tourists have been evacuated so far. La Palma Volcanic Eruption Over 22,000 Tremors Later and Entire Villages are Being Buried in Lava
Over 6,000 residents and 400 tourists have been evacuated so far.

When magma erupts or flows onto the surface of the earth, it is referred to as Lava. As this happens, a huge plume of volcanic ash is released into the air that later falls to the earth as black ash or soot that can reach levels where it can be likened to snow. As it stands, most of the island is covered in this black ash, which is harmful to humans. The authorities in La Palma have, therefore, been advising residents to wear personal protective eyeglasses and masks to avoid inhaling the volcanic ash or the ash entering their eyes.

Lava Heading to Sea

When the lava reaches the sea, it will produce harmful gases that could irritate the lungs, eyes, and skin as they are toxic and acidic. As such, La Palma is bracing for a possible evacuation of the affected residents even as over 6,000 residents and 400 tourists have already been evacuated. Those whose homes were affected were given just an hour to evacuate on the onset of the eruption, many of whom have now lost their homes. The La Palma volcano eruption poses the danger of a huge environmental disaster.

The La Palma volcanic eruption has intensified with fears it could reach the sea.
The La Palma volcanic eruption has intensified with fears it could reach the sea.

Tourist Attraction

La Palma is not known as a ‘touristy’ island, much unlike the other Spanish Canary Islands. However, the volcanic eruption has attracted tourists who have reveled in the ‘joy’ of watching a volcano erupt. Nonetheless, residents feel that it is unfortunate that tourists are enjoying the demise of their homes and the loss of their livelihoods. The eruption is set to last for anywhere between twenty-four and eighty-four days. Residents have been advised to stay indoors.

What has been Lost so Far

Over 593 acres of land spanning 15.7km have been affected by the lava flow. Fourteen kilometers of roads have already been destroyed, with over 390 buildings either fully destroyed or damaged. Two churches were also destroyed.

Some homes in La Palma, 'miracle homes', have been spared by the roads to access them are impassable.
Some homes in La Palma, ‘miracle homes’, have been spared by the roads to access them are impassable.

The cloud of ash resulting from the eruption has gone as high as 4.5 km, leading to the grounding of flights to and from the island. According to the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, there could be “very long days ahead”. The Prime Minister was slated to attend the UN General Assembly but canceled and instead traveled to La Palma to assess the situation.

Other homes were not that lucky and caught fire after lava reached them. La Palma Volcanic Eruption Over 22,000 Tremors Later and Entire Villages are Being Buried in Lava
Other homes were not that lucky and caught fire after lava reached them.

World Rhino Day

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World Rhino Day

The world marks World Rhino Day on the 22nd of September each year which is a day to sensitize the world on the importance of conserving rhinos. Rhinos, and especially white rhinos, are an endangered species and we all need to rally behind calls to end rhino poaching. Rhinos are poached for their horns which are mostly traded in Asia and utilized for ‘traditional medicine’. The trade of rhino horns is illegal and it is unfortunate that in the 21st Century we still face this colossal problem that further propagates the endangerment of the species.

Rhinos: The Pride of Africa

Rhinos are the pride of Africa. They are mainly found in South Africa and Kenya and have been consistently poached over the last few decades. Colonialism further exacerbated the poaching of rhinos, with colonialists poaching them and encouraging rhino poaching as trophy hunts. Today, rhinos are mainly poached in South Africa, with numerous conservation groups and organizations decrying the practice. The World Wildlife Fund, WWF, for instance, has fought so hard to ensure that rhino poaching is mitigated and done away with in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Even with a marginally increasing population, Rhinos are still an endangered species.
Even with a marginally increasing population, Rhinos are still an endangered species.

However, their efforts and others of animal welfare organizations have been frustrated over and over again as some of the communities living near parks are impoverished and many feel that poaching is the only way to earn some income. A good reason for this is inequality in places such as South Africa where land ownership is a contentious issue as colonialism saw white settlers occupy most of the land. To bring this into perspective, 70% of the land in South Africa is owned by white people.

Asian Demand for Rhino Horns and Rhino Products

On the other end of the poaching spectrum sits Asian nations, chief among them China, which propagate the demand for rhino horns for use in ‘traditional medicine’. Buyers of rhino horns and rhino products may not realize the catastrophe that acquiring said horns creates back in Africa and elsewhere in the world. We decry the sale or purchase of rhino horns and rhino products in the strongest terms possible. It is disgusting, uncalled for, and unfortunate plunder against Africa and its natural resources.

STOP RHINO POACHING. STOP THE ILLEGAL TRADE IN RHINO HORNS AND RHINO PRODUCTS!

No medicine comes from the wrongful and illegal killing of innocent animals. No good can come from such a practice and it is about time that rhino poaching came to an end. Numerous poachers and wildlife rangers have lost their lives also due to the practice, and it is not only the animals that are suffering due to illegal poaching. Entire communities are losing their sons and fathers and there is no justification for rhino poaching.

Be a Rhino for a Day

Imagine being born a rhino and ending up being killed just for a worthless horn attached to your snout. We talk of racism and all these other ills but fail to consider the plight of innocent animals. Don’t we want our children and grandchildren to enjoy seeing rhinos and our natural heritage? Kenya has done quite well in rhino conservation as it is reported that 2020 saw no rhino poaching in the country. Even so, countries such as South Africa are still reeling from rhino poaching and a lot needs to be done to end it. There is no other way, it has to end immediately!

The White Rhino is at the most risk of extinction.
The White Rhino is at the most risk of extinction.

South Africa must tackle inequality and ensure that communities living near parks are empowered with alternative means of generating income. Poachers must, however, also be prosecuted according to law, and those that are armed and endanger the lives of game rangers dealt with accordingly. We cannot continue like this and we need action against rhino poaching now!

“Not Too Big to Fail”: Evergrande’s Downfall and What It Could Mean for the Global Economy

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Not Too Big to Fail: Evergrande’s Downfall and What It Could Mean for the Global Economy

Evergrande, China’s second-largest real estate developer, is in a quagmire after accumulating nearly $300 billion in debt. Evergrande was touted by investors as ‘too big to fail’ but is now on its deathbed following huge debt accumulated over the last few years. Evergrande is one of the largest real estate developers in the world and has numerous interests in several sectors including the retail sector, the ride-hailing or taxi apps sector, and also the tech sector. Due to its numerous investments globally and owing to the fact that companies, employees, and millions across the world have invested with the company, its downfall could deal a huge blow to the global economy. Analysts say that like all companies, Evergrande is “not too big to fail.”

Not ‘Too Big to Fail’

The Evergrande Group is one of the biggest companies in China, and consequently one of the biggest in the world. It even owns a football team. Evergrande has for the longest time been seen as a company ‘too big to fail’ owing to its numerous investors and its sheer size. The company, however, found itself in a quagmire after investors came calling demanding they be repaid what they had invested, following concerns that the company was likely to go bankrupt. What led the company here is a mix of heavy borrowing and the poor utilization of investments.

Evergrande's stock price fell below the liquidation level this year.
Evergrande’s stock price fell below the liquidation level this year.

As it were, Evergrande saw billions of dollars invested into the company, in a flood of investments, owing to the appreciation that China is now a major player in the investment sector and the belief that some of its biggest companies are failproof. Unfortunately, Evergrande’s current situation has not only impacted it as a company but has also put the Chinese government in a catch-22. Beijing is partly to blame for this conundrum, however, as its own strict financial regulations made it harder for Evergrande to acquire cash, lending, and investments. 

Beijing’s Conundrum

To save face and to ensure that its economy is not negatively impacted by the downfall of Evergrande, China may choose to bail out the company and give it a lifeline. However, doing this would be tantamount to sending other companies wrong signals that they could go into heavy debt, utilize investments poorly, and be assured that Beijing would bail them out. As such, China has to grapple with the difficult choice of whether to let the company fail and see its economy negatively impacted or bail it out and risk the creation of a toxic culture of debt by its numerous companies. Analysts say that the Communist Government of China may choose to exercise its sweeping powers and compel other state-affiliated companies and businesses to bail out Evergrande, delegating the bailout to them. Mind you, this delegation would mean Beijing literally pressuring or demanding that these companies bail out Evergrande, whether they want to or not.

What Should the Chinese Government Do?

Analysts say that the best option for China is to cushion its economy against Evergrande’s downfall. They, however, say that a possible bailout of the company by Beijing could also mean a restructuring of the company’s leadership and how it does business. Evergrande on its part has denied that it is on the brink of bankruptcy and has given investors the option of payout via real estate i.e. a payout in kind. Investors are, however, bitter and angry, with some of them protesting at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China demanding they be paid their money back. Evergrande is a sad story of the fallibility of huge corporations due to debt and bad governance. Companies the world over should cushion themselves from debt or borrowing too heavily without assurances of return on investment, ROI.

Incomplete Real Estate Developments and Unpaid Contractors

Numerous cities in China now have Evergrande’s real estate developments that are incomplete with numerous contractors remaining unpaid for work done. Many of Evergrande’s contractors have vowed not to continue work on unfinished projects until they receive payment. Beyond that, there are numerous retailers, including American ones, who invested in Evergrande and are facing the risk of possible default. Like the scandal of the Lehman Brothers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, Evergrande could as well become the root of the 2021 financial crisis. Mind you, the world is yet to recover from the financial woes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a huge default by Evergrande could destabilize the Chinese economy, its financial sector, multiple supply chain partners, and consequently, the global economy. Evergrande’s stock price has since plummeted after the announcement of its financial difficulties as has global stocks and indexes including the Hang Sen Chinese index.

Incomplete real estate developments by Evergrande Group mean that investors paid for houses that are incomplete and which they cannot be refunded for.
Incomplete real estate developments by Evergrande Group mean that investors paid for houses that are incomplete and which they cannot be refunded for.

What’s Next?

Officials from the Chinese government have been holding talks with Evergrande’s leadership and are set to come up with an amicable solution for both sides. The conundrum that Evergrande has put China in could mean other companies are coerced to bail it out of its debt, in conjunction with the Chinese government. All in all, Evergrande will remain a tell-tale of what could happen if companies go into huge debt without assurances and systems in place to ensure the said debt is well utilized or utilized in a way that will ensure sustainable ROI. For the banks, the biggest lenders of Evergrande, the scandal is another warning sign of the need for over-the-top auditing for big creditors.

‘White Collar’ and ‘Sex and the City’ Actor Willie Garson Dies Aged 57

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‘White Collar’ and ‘Sex and the City’ Actor, Willie Garson, Dies Aged 57

We are saddened to learn of the death of Willie Garson, renowned ‘White Collar’ and ‘Sex and the City’ actor. Garson passed on aged 57. His family confirmed his death but did not disclose the cause of death. His adopted son, Nathen Garson, made a touching tribute to his dad saying, “I love you so much, papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared your love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it”.

Tributes from Fans and Colleagues

News of Garson’s demise has sparked tributes from Hollywood, with many calling him ‘a sweet friend’ and a light in their lives. On and off-screen, Willie was a good friend who brought so much light to those who loved him including his fans, family, friends, and colleagues.

Willie Garson was a beloved colleague. Here he is with 'Sex and The City' co-actor, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Willie Garson was a beloved colleague. Here he is with ‘Sex and The City’ co-actor, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Willie was also very relatable and funny and brought to life his characters. He would always seem like he was going to panic when something went wrong as part of his many roles, but would also be very calm and relaxed when sharing his wisdom with a colleague. Willie also featured in ‘Friends’, the hugely popular sitcom.

Huge Loss for Hollywood

White Collar and Sex and the City fans, including fans for many of his other roles and films, will be particularly hit by the news of his loss and we offer them our sincerest condolences. Our sincerest condolences also go to the family and friends of Willie Garson. May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace and may his memory be a blessing. A huge loss for Hollywood.

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Wins Big at the Emmys 2021

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TV Series 'The Crown' by Netflix

Netflix’s TV Series, ‘The Crown’, won big at the Emmys 2021 after scooping seven awards at the TV awards. The Crown, a portrayal of the British Royal Family under the reign of Queen Elizabeth, took away the night in an Emmys that saw Netflix scoop the most awards at 44, including two for ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. Netflix has shown that streaming services are slowly becoming the staple, leading traditional content producers to up their game and join the streaming bandwagon. Other notable streaming providers that won awards include Apple TV+ whose ‘Ted Lasso’ scooped four awards. The awards were fantastic even as actor Seth Rogen caused some drama citing a lack of sensitivity to COVID-19 protocols.

Big Night for ‘The Crown’

‘The Crown’ took home the most awards at the Emmys 2021 after winning the Best Drama Series, Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, and Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Olivia Colman. Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana, missed out.

Netflix's ‘The Crown’ Wins Big at the Emmys 2021
Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin. They play the couple: Prince Charles and Princess Diana in The Crown.

Other awards for The Crown included the Best Drama Series Directing for Jessica Hobbs, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Tobias Menzies, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson, and Best Drama Series Writing for Peter Morgan. The Crown did phenomenally well, showing how well it was written, directed, and acted. It is so good that people have been asking whether it shows the actual real-life occurrences in the British Monarchy, and the extent to which it shares true stories if any.

Big Win for Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and Apple TV Plus’s Ted Lasso

Netflix's TV Series 'The Queen's Gambit'
Anya Taylor-Joy who plays Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit.

Netflix’s other winner was The Queen’s Gambit. The TV series won Best Limited Series and Best Limited Series/TV Movie Directing for Scott Frank. The Queen’s Gambit is an intricate portrayal of a ‘from rags to riches’ story of an orphan girl who achieves the moniker of ‘Chess Queen’, despite all odds. Apple TV+ was not left behind, as its TV Series, Ted Lasso, went home with four accolades including Best Comedy Series and Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis.

Apple TV Plus's Comedy TV Series 'Ted Lasso'
Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis won the Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award in the Emmys 2021.

Ted Lasso also bagged Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Brett Goldstein and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Hannah Waddingham. 

Ted Lasso won 4 awards in the Emmys 2021.
Ted Lasso won 4 awards in the Emmys 2021.

Other Emmys 2021 Winners: ‘Mare of Easttown’ and ‘Hacks’

HBO's TV Series 'Mare of Easttown'
HBO’s Mare of Easttown won three awards in the Emmys 2021.

‘Mare of Easttown’, another hot series right now, bagged three awards including the Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Kate Winslet, Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Evan Peters, and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Julianne Nicholson. ‘Hacks,’ another comedy TV series took home the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Jean Smart. Hacks also bagged the Best Comedy Series Directing and Best Comedy Series Writing, both for Lucia Aniello.

TV Series 'Hacks'
Hacks, on its part, also bagged three awards at the Emmys 2021.

Other notable winners at the Emmys 2021 include ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’, which won the Best Variety Talk Series and Best Variety Series Writing. ‘Saturday Night Live’ won the Best Variety Sketch Series while ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ won the Best Competition Program. ‘I May Destroy You’ took home the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Writing for Michaela Coel. ‘Halston’ took home the Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Ewan McGregor. ‘Hamilton’, a fan favorite, won the Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) while the Best Variety Special (Live) went to ‘Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020’. A big congratulations to all the winners!

All the MET Gala 2021 Glam: 11 Looks that Had Us Talking and Laughing

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All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.

The MET Gala 2021 was stunning, to say the least. The stars brought to the red carpet a kind of mad creativity that could be expected after the terrible two years the world has had due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fashionistas say that this MET Gala was very weird but also fun and creative. It brought color, pomp, experimentation, and a lot of pizzazz. We loved a number of the looks donned by Hollywood’s who’s who and we were very enticed by the couple goals glam in the 2021 MET Gala.

1. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky

In usual power couple fashion, passion, and comfortability, Rihanna and her boo, A$AP Rocky, attended the MET Gala in comfortable outfits. A$AP Rocky brought us a crunch-inspired quilted ERL creation that some on Twitter said looked so snacky. In his hand, Rihanna wore a voluminous couture coat dress by Balenciaga, topping it off with a beanie and a diamond head accessory. The look was compared, by fashionistas, as a blend of the 20s iconic fashion and 90s Tupac or Rap baggies. Riri and Rocky took their time and came on to the red carpet at the very last minute. Rihanna’s dress looked so comfortable and cuddly even as it was long-tailed.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky looked comfy with their chemistry pulpable. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky looked comfy with their chemistry palpable.

Rocky’s ‘creation’ could be easily mistaken as a blanket gifted to him by his grandma, but you know how Hollywood do. It was creative and we applaud the couple goals the two brought us. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have impressed us so far and we keep our fingers crossed that their relationship will last. We want it to because the two are the coolest on the planet, hands down. PS: We don’t know what Drake has to say about this. A lot, we guess. He has a new album with tracks such as ‘Not 2 Sexy for Number 1’. Guess Rihanna is into classics. Think ‘Fashion Killa’!

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky having a moment in the 2021 MET Gala. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky having a moment in the 2021 MET Gala.

2. Shawn Mendez and Camila Cabello

Shawn Mendez and Camila Cabello choose Michael Kors for the MET Gala 2021. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Shawn Mendez and Camila Cabello choose Michael Kors for the MET Gala 2021.

Nothing like a sweet couple whose love is palpable and conspicuous. Aww, don’t we just love love? I mean, Camila and Shawn have appeared together a few times already this year such as in the premiere of her film ‘Cinderella’ in Miami, and also in MTV’s VMA. However, we can’t seem to get enough of the lovebirds. For the MET Gala, Camila wore a skirt and crop top from Michael Kors. In adorable, let’s glam and match, Mendez also wore a Michael Kors outfit. On his part, he chose to go topless, donning a leather jacket showing his abs, with stretchers. The look oozed 80s rock and was simple yet very statement-worthy.

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendez all glammed up for the MET Gala 2021.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendez all glammed up for the MET Gala 2021.

3. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o attended the MET Gala 2021 all jeweled-up with a beautiful natural hairstyle. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Lupita Nyong’o attended the MET Gala 2021 all jeweled-up with a beautiful natural hairstyle.

Lupita is such a beautiful black woman and we loved her choice of denim. She wore a denim gown by you guessed it, Versace. She accentuated the look with statement jewels and blue eyeshadow. Lupita went further and styled her hair voluminously, embodying the modern black gorgeous woman! We loved her look and as a Kenyan, it brought the MET Gala home. No need to be shy, we love denim too. We love, love denim and Lupita pulled off Versace denim as no one else could.

Lupita Nyong'o wasn't one to be left behind in this year's MET Gala where she wore a beautiful denim gown by Versace.
Lupita Nyong’o wasn’t one to be left behind in this year’s MET Gala where she wore a beautiful denim gown by Versace.

4. Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish was a sensation at the 2021 MET Gala with her fur-free Oscar de la Renta dress. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Billie Eilish was a sensation at the 2021 MET Gala with her fur-free Oscar de la Renta dress.

The runaway sensation Billie Eilish wasn’t left behind and donned what was touted by many as arguably the most elegant look of the night. Eilish didn’t come to play and wore a breathtaking yet dramatic gown from Oscar de la Renta. The gown was not only so beautiful but it also had a story behind it. Eilish was elated to say that she had talked to Oscar de la Renta about climate consciousness and they agreed that their gowns would go fur-free. Billie Eilish is an outspoken animal lover and the commitment by the fashion house means a lot to her as it does to all of us. We love animals and we adore the environment. As such, we were more than happy to learn that Eilish’s dress was not only a beautiful dress but also a dress with a cause for the betterment of the planet, and consideration for the welfare of animals.

Billie Eilish at the MET Gala 2021. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Billie Eilish at the MET Gala 2021. She gave the dress a little attitude and we loved it.

5. Jennifer Lopez

All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
JLo was the best dressed for us, hands down she takes the crown for the MET Gala 2021.

Arguably the ‘queen of pop’, and a very accomplished 52-year-old, Jennifer Lopez embodied the boss that she is. She wore an ensemble designed by Ralph Lauren. The outfit not only elegantly showed her neckline but included a black cowgirl hat and faux fur sleeves. The outfit to us embodied an American cowgirl boss and we loved all of it. To top off her look, JLo donned a beautiful metallic-sphere necklace and a dark-tan cowgirl leather belt. Her dress flowed beautifully, with a thigh-to-bottom slit that was pulled off superbly. Jennifer Lopez attended the MET Gala with her lost and recently reunited love, Ben Affleck, who opted not to walk the red carpet. We are not surprised, Kim Kardashian-West had already represented Batman so well.

Jennifer Lopez showed us she is the boss at the MET Gala 2021 with a cowgirl inspired look by Ralph Lauren.
Jennifer Lopez showed us she is the boss at the MET Gala 2021 with a cowgirl-inspired look by Ralph Lauren.

6. Kim Kardashian-West

Kim Kardashian with the mystery man at the MET Gala 2021. Reports indicate that the man is Demna Gvesalia, the creative director of Balenciaga.
Kim Kardashian with the mystery man at the MET Gala 2021. Reports indicate that the man is Demna Gvesalia, the creative director of Balenciaga.

In a shocking yet meme-healthy look, Kim Kardashian-West opted to cover herself up entirely in a dark bat-inspired, seemingly black-window portrayal of a dress, from Balenciaga. Kim’s face was completely obscured, leaving fans to wonder how she navigated the event, and more importantly, her recent breakup with her husband Kanye West. Kim does what Kim wants to do and even though we were a little shocked, we weren’t surprised. She again showed us her internet-breaking capabilities or lack thereof this time, but we will let her get away with this one.

Kim Kardashian-West was in it to darken it with her face obscuring all-black Balenciaga dress. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Kim Kardashian-West was in it to darken it with her face obscuring all-black Balenciaga dress.

One positive thing about her look anyway, is that it brought us a lot of laughter on Twitter when fans created memes comparing the outfit to Batwoman and even cartoons and animations displaying the black widow or a dark female mistress of black magic. We love Kim and we see where she was going with this one. We hope she could see where she was going too.

7. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, AOC

Democratic congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, came out in an outfit that made a major political statement. Her white off-the-shoulder gown featured a tulle skirt, with a huge political statement written all over the back. Can you guess what the dress said, in a fashion charity event attended by the richest and most famous entertainers and public personalities in the world? The millionaires in the room were deservedly taken by surprise. Her dress said drumrolls please, it said ‘Tax the Rich!’ We were kind of in deep laughter on this one as much as we were happy to see her do her thing.

Congresswoman AOC made a political statement in the MET Gala 2021 asking for more taxes for the rich.
Congresswoman AOC made a political statement in the MET Gala 2021 asking for more taxes for the rich.

AOC will always bring it, especially when it comes to issues of legislation that she holds strong beliefs about. We loved that she did this and broke down in laughter at the timing and the event she chose to wear the outfit to. Beyond the statement, she was looking glam and beautiful and we love her for being so connected with what the people want and issues that are important to all of us. We love her for always speaking her mind and we can’t wait for that dress to go on auction and sell for millions of dollars. It would such beautiful satire for the dress to sell to a millionaire! Hahaha. Nice one AOC! AOC’s political statement was one of two as Cara Delevingne also wore a Dior bulletproof vest that read “Peg the Patriarchy’!

Cara Delevingne also made a political statement at the MET Gala with a bulletproof vest that read Peg the Patriarchy.
Cara Delevingne also made a political statement at the MET Gala with a bulletproof vest that read ‘Peg the Patriarchy.’

8. Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi's chain contained a diamond and 18-karat gold. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Kid Cudi’s chain contained a diamond and 18-karat gold.

Rapper Kid Cudi gave us his beat in terms of the creativity in his outfit. We never thought we would see Cudi do something else-abound but we finally did. His emo outfit included an astronaut chain with 18-karat gold and a diamond created by KAWS and Ben Baller. He wore an ensemble by Louis Vuitton, spiced up with transparent vinyl pants and a cerulean sweatshirt. Yes, we are googling a lot of these terms too. The outfit struck us as different but in a creative good way. We also loved his pink digital watch with a red strap as we did his blue sweatshirt. The chain included a literal astronaut and that is another piece we can’t wait to get to auction. It also strikes us as something a Non-Fungible Token, NFT, could be made of. Just call us and we’ll come with our camera and do the magic KAWS. The number is down below.

Kid Cudi wasn't left behind and brought some creativity and a huge astronaut chain for the paparazzi to snap. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Kid Cudi wasn’t left behind and brought some creativity and a huge astronaut chain for the paparazzi to snap.

9. Grimes

Talking of NFTs, Elon Musk’s partner and ‘Dune’ actress, Grimes, brought us a futuristic look that included a nude-illusion bodice, featuring lightning-bolt shapes that were, wait for it, ‘individually handcrafted and arranged in a 3D laser-cut labyrinth’. The shapes were also created from liquid silicon termed as ‘mirror-finish’. Her custom gown was designed by Iris van Herpen who took over nine hundred hours creating it. Van Herpen said that it was “inspired by distant futures”.

Grimes didn't come to play at the MET Gala 2021 and also brought a sword in case you were asking. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Grimes didn’t come to play at the MET Gala 2021 and also brought a sword in case you were asking.

Grimes’ love-heart purse also shimmered a light and she also chose to wear a shiny chrome-inspired facemask, keeping with the spirit of the current pandemic. To top all that off, the singer tied her hair into a half ponytail and shimmered her eyes with over-the-brow white dots, completing her overall look. For those who thought she wasn’t serious, she even brought a sword to allay their concerns. We also loved her tattoos, which seemed to perfectly coincide with her outfit. She looked super futuristic. We even made a name for her look: ‘Super Futura.’ What did we think we’d expect from the partner to the guy who wants to colonize Mars as soon as 2024!

Grimes pulled of a sensational and futuristic look, one that we would like to call 'Super Futura'. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Grimes pulled of a sensational and futuristic look, one that we would like to call ‘Super Futura’.

Other MET Gala 2021 Notable Mentions

10. Simone Biles

Simone biles came to slay and hey, slay she did. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Simone biles came to slay and hey, slay she did.

Simone has had a tough year but she didn’t let that pull her away from bringing us such royal-inspired beauty to the MET Gala. She wore a satin gown that was showgirl-inspired with crystal embroidery that could be easily mistaken for feathers. The dress was so beautiful as was Simone. She said that it made her feel like a strong, beautiful woman, and we totally agree. She was breathtaking.

Simone Biles' dress was a masterpiece. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Simone Biles’ dress was a masterpiece.

11. Erykah Badu

The legend that is Erykah Badu was not left behind. She came in with a dark vibe, her face covered in a Thom Browne-designed ensemble. She wore a suspended skirt, sportscoat, and a black silk duchess gown embellished with white satin buttons. What caught our eyes the most, however, was her sausage dog purse showing that she came to rumble and yes, she definitely did.

Erykah Badu's look was exquisite and dark. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Erykah Badu’s look was exquisite and dark. She is just legendary like that.

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12. Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean brought a robot baby to the MET Gala. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Frank Ocean brought a robot baby to the MET Gala.

Frank Ocean graced the MET Gala with a robot baby in his arms. He wore a three-piece suit from Prada and a ‘Dreamcore’ cap, keeping things fresh and simple. For the baby or bot baby, excuse us, the outfit was a galactic printed onesie. The bot baby was slime green in color with sparkling grills. Ocean brought us a lot to think about and we are still lost in nerd talk about why color green, why the grills, and did the onesie have to be galactic printed? Yeah. We know you’re getting lost too.

Frank Ocean with his robot baby makes this 12. All the MET Gala 2021 Glam 11 Looks that Had us Talking and Laughing.
Frank Ocean with his robot baby makes this 12. A lot of questions here and frankly, we don’t have the energy to answer all of them. Haha.

Those were the looks that caught our eye. Some fashionistas argued that this year’s MET Gala was something else but understandably, we think. Some were very keen to point out that the 2018 MET Gala was the one that was super iconic and brought so much style and pizzazz. The 2018 MET Gala, we agree, was super royal, super elegant, and super breathtaking. However, like with all things before COVID, that ‘normal’ may never come back and we all need to get used to and adjust to the ‘new normal’.

 

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