NikkieTutorials' Met Gala 2021 look pays homage to transgender activist Marsha P Johnson
14 September 2021, 16:50
"When I got asked to join the Met Gala(!!!!!) I knew I wanted to pay homage to a trans icon who was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots."
NikkieTutorials honoured activist Marsha P Johnson, who is credited for having started the 1969 Stonewall Riots, at the 2021 Met Gala.
It was Nikkie's first time at the star-studded annual fashion event and she did not disappoint. The YouTuber rocked up on Monday night (Sep 13) wearing an etherial green, tulle dress adorned with flowers. The gown was the work of Dutch couture and bridal fashion designer Edwin Oudshoorn. Nikkie paired it with a matching floral headdress, which featured two mirrors on each side.
The theme of the night was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" and "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" and so Nikkie chose to pay tribute to an American icon – Marsha P Johnson.
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On the lower half of Nikkie's dress was a sash, which read: "Pay it no mind." Pay it no mind was Marsha's catchphrase and she would famously use it when people questioned her gender. In fact, that's what the "P" in her name actually stood for. Marsha claims to have once said the iconic line to a judge who was so amused that they released her.
Nikkie, who is transgender, decided to honour Marsha on the night, revealing the meaning behind her dress on Instagram. She wrote: "When I got asked to join the Met Gala(!!!!!) I knew I wanted to pay homage to a trans icon who was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots… Marsha P. Johnson paved the way for so many of us, and I hope I made my community proud tonight. This night has been so incredibly surreal…. I can’t wait to tell you EVERYTHING!!!!!!"
Fans were living for NikkieTutorials' outfit and the touching message behind it.
nikkie tutorials paying homage to marsha p “pay it no mind” johnson. yes i am crying pic.twitter.com/0iq1Hd7Wfa— matt (@mattxiv) September 14, 2021
no but the fact that nikkie tutorials is paying homage to marsha p. johnson especially with the “pay it no mind” :(( pic.twitter.com/2WmADxqYln— mils ✰˚.⋆ (@thelorebitch) September 14, 2021
nikkie tutorials and indya moore paying tribute to marsha p johnson is the most precious thing ever #MetGala #MetGala2021 pic.twitter.com/bNfuR3dlhb— juan🇨🇴 (@jvanmaraj2) September 14, 2021
the only nikkie we need to stan tonight is miss tutorials and her honoring marsha p. johnson with her met gala look 🌸 pic.twitter.com/6auLXAzDEO— emily! (@emilycoIlins) September 13, 2021