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These 25 Celebrities Attended Their First Met Gala in 2018!

The Met Gala is a time for many celebrities to stand out and show off their stylish best.

And on Monday night (May 7), plenty of stars made their big debut on the red carpet for the first time at the 2018 Met Gala!

From “Bodak Yellow” sensation Cardi B to singer-songwriter superstar Shawn Mendes to Master of None star Lena Waithe, plenty of stars made their debut during this year’s “Heavenly Bodies”-themed event.

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Want to see all the stars who attended their first Met Gala this year?

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Lena Waithe Wears Her Pride at Met Gala 2018!

Lena Waithe is wearing her pride at the 2018 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 7) in New York City.

The 33-year-old Master of None actress and screenwriter put on a colorful display at the event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Lena Waithe

FYI: Lena is wearing a custom Carolina Hererra suit and cape and Verdura brooches.

This year’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrates the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition and is hosted by Rihanna, Amal Clooney, fashion designer Donatella Versace, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

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Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, & Lena Waithe Premiere 'Ready Player One' in Hollywood

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Lena Waithe teamed up to premiere their new movie Ready Player One!

The co-stars hit the purple carpet at the event held at Dolby Theatre on Monday (March 26) in Hollywood.

Tye suited up, Olivia stunned in a bright red dress with matching heels, and Lena rocked a black graphic tee, “84″ blazer, gold necklace, and white sneakers.

They were joined by their other co-stars Ben Mendelsohn, Hannah John-Kamen, Philip Zhao, Simon Pegg, Win Morisaki, and director Steven Spielberg.

Ready Player One hits theaters on March 29! In the meantime, watch the trailer here and check out over 60 stills from the movie here.

55+ pictures inside of the Ready Player One cast at the premiere… More Here! »

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Celebs Praise 'Vanity Fair' for Putting Lena Waithe on the Cover!

Celebrities are speaking out to praise Vanity Fair for placing Lena Waithe on its new cover and for putting a spotlight on representation in the entertainment industry.

This is the first issue put together by the mag’s new editor-in-chief Radhika Jones.

“When I thought about the kind of person I’d like to see on the cover of Vanity Fair, I thought about Lena Waithe—a member of the new creative elite remaking entertainment for her generation,” Jones wrote in her editor’s letter. “This is Lena Waithe’s year, and we’re delighted to mark it.”

Lena is best known for her work on Master of None and her new Showtime series The Chi. She will also be seen in the upcoming movie Ready Player One.

Stars like Mindy Kaling, Lupita Nyong’o, Common, Gabrielle Union, Ava DuVernay, and more have all congratulated Lena on the cover on social media. Read below!

Click inside to read more tweets from celebs… More Here! »

Lena Waithe Opens Up About Aziz Ansari Sexual Misconduct Claims

Lena Waithe covers Vanity Fair‘s April 2018 issue, out on newsstands on April 3.

Here’s what the actress, producer and screenwriter – and the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing – had to say…

On winning the Emmy: “Here’s the irony of it all. I don’t need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I’ve been working. I’ve been writing, I’ve been developing, I’ve been putting pieces together and I’m bullets, you know what I’m saying? It got me all these meetings that I go in and say I’m too busy to work with you—you should have hollered at me. You can take my call when I call you about this black queer writer over here who’s got a dope pilot, or this person over here who’s got really cool ideas, or this actress who’s really amazing but nobody’s seen her.”

On the challenges of being a black writer in Hollywood: “The hardest thing [is] having to pitch your black story to white execs. Most of the time when we go into rooms to pitch, there’s one token black executive that sometimes can be a friend and sometimes can be a foe. I wonder if they think it makes me more comfortable, if that makes me think that they’re a woke network or studio because they’ve got that one black exec. It feels patronizing. I’m not against a black exec. I want there to be more of them.”

On the allegations against Master Of None co-star Aziz Ansari: “At the end of the day, what I would hope comes out of this is that we as a society…educate ourselves about what consent is—what it looks like, what it feels like, what it sounds like. I think there are both men and women who are still trying to figure it out. We need to be more attuned to each other, pay more attention to each other, in every scenario, and really make sure that, whatever it is we’re doing with someone else, they’re comfortable doing whatever that thing is, and that we’re doing it together. That’s just human kindness and decency.”

For more from Lena, visit VanityFair.com.

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