Met Gala 2024: Athletes include Angel Reese, Serena Williams, OBJ

The first Monday in May usually signifies two important occasions: the official end of the Justin Timberlake “it’s gonna be May” joke and, more importantly, the Met Gala.

Fashion icon Anna Wintour has been known to keep a tight guest list for the exclusive invite-only event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, but the sports world has been well represented in recent years. Venus Williams and Russell Westbrook are among the athletes who typically put their most fashionable foot forward for “The Oscars of the East Coast.” Naomi Osaka even co-chaired the event in 2021.

Last year, Roger Federer was a co-chair alongside Wintour, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz and Andrew Bolton.

The theme for this year’s gala is “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” and the official dress code is “The Garden of Time.”

Among the celebrities, athletes have been known to crush it on the red carpet.

Ben Simmons was one of the athletes who exemplified the theme by accessorizing his Thom Browne-designed suit with a clock briefcase.

Angel Reese, Serena Williams, Nelly Korda and Odell Beckham Jr. were among the stars who took a less literal interpretation of the event’s theme.

Here are some of the looks from this year and previous years:


And more Thom Browne! Basketball player @BenSimmons25 has arrived at the 2024 #MetGala in a custom square-shoulder oversized coat in tartan tweed. The look is based on Browne’s fall 2024 collection. See more details here:

— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 6, 2024

The Chi-Town Barbie is at the Met Gala ????

Happy birthday, Angel!

Angel is in 16Arlington by Marco Capaldo.

— WNBA (@WNBA) May 7, 2024 Maria Sharapova donned a lime green Prabal Gurung gown. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Sir Lewis Hamilton never disappoints ✨

— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) May 7, 2024

Gold and @serenawilliams just go together ????

The 4x Olympic gold medalist showed out at the #MetGala.

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) May 7, 2024 Venus Williams wore a Marc Jacobs dress covered in small circular mirrors. Theo Wargo/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images

A moment for the World No. 1 ✨

Olympic gold medalist @NellyKorda is the first women’s golfer to attend the #MetGala.

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) May 7, 2024

Odell Beckham Jr. at the #MetGala

— NFL (@NFL) May 7, 2024

Stefon Diggs walks his first red carpet as a Houston Texan in custom H&M to the 2024 #MetGala. See the details of his look here:

— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) May 7, 2024 2023

“Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”

Co-chair Roger Federer at the 2023 Met Gala. Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesDwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union showed up in complementing black and red looks. Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesTennis great Andy Roddick and his wife, actress Brooklyn Decker, were at the festivities. Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesGold medalist Eileen Gu accessorized at the Met Gala. Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesPatrick and Brittany Mahomes arrived at the Met Gala in style. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl LagerfeldBrittney and Cherelle Griner at the Met Gala Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty ImagesStefon Diggs looked sharp at the Met Gala. Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook went with a cool and casual Met Gala look. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl Lagerfeld2022

Theme: “Gilded Glamour”

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union attend The 2022 Met Gala. Getty ImagesChloe Kim attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.” Getty Images2021

Theme: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”

.@naomiosaka melds Haitian and Japanese influences in a magnificent look by @LouisVuitton as she arrives at the #MetGala.

— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) September 13, 2021 2019

Theme: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”

OBJ‼️‼️‼️ #MetGala

— olivia (@lovehrought) May 6, 2019

Serena Williams #MetGala

— Met Gala 2023 (@2015smetgala) May 6, 2019

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