The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Celebrities and attendees have a chance to WOW everyone with their interpretation of a theme — this year it was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons — and show off their style, talents and creativity.
I especially loved the looks of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ruth Negga, Priyanka Chopra and Cara Delevigne. They stuck to the theme and ran with it.
On the flipside, there was always the Kardashians, followed by the Hadids, who always try to shock out-nude each other.
To be honest, it was a bit of a disappointment when two young beautiful celebrities, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, came in in their underwear. Or shall we say, almost nothing attire, wearing with sheer dresses that leave little to imagination.
Kendall wore a La Perla Dress that featured 85,000 crystals sewed into a dress, while Bella wore a meshed pantsuit by Alexander Wang.
I have no problems with their fashion choices, and in fact, their clothes, or shall we say semi-nude attire/lingerie, featured their impeccable butt cheeks and bodices.
But it does signal to us how low society has brought us — that we have to resort to exposing our bodies and show up half-nude to grab attention. Why, are women reduced to just a pretty face and a sexy body?
Here’s the dilemma women have gotten ourselves into. We want to be treated with importance and respected, and yet we reduce ourselves to flesh, boobs and butt.
“Look at me! Ravish me! Look at me as a sexual being!” we scream as we show off more skin, leaving none to the imagination.
And then we complain on why men treat us with perversion, disrespect and callousness. “We are women! They should respect us!”
Why? Is it fair that we demand respect from the opposite sex, when we have done nothing to prove that we are worthy of that respect?
If we act like any other girl in a seedy bar, is it right for us to demand that they treat us like queens and princesses?
I think that women have to re-evaluate how we want to be seen and treated.
Yes, I understand that we would want to show off our beautiful bodies because we worked really hard on it. The Hadids and Kardashians spend oodles of money trying to look good. It is not wrong to ask people to appreciate how they look given that they’ve worked so hard and spent so much money perfecting it.
Again, I have nothing against the Jenners, Kardashians or the Hadids if they show up in one of the flashiest fashion galas in lingerie or a swimsuit. The fact that they’ve even scored an invite meant that they are deserving to be there.
However, it would have been a great opportunity for them to highlight themselves apart from revealing what their boobs or butt cheeks look like. There is always some beauty in keeping the human body mysterious, reserved only to those deserving to see it.
But not the Kardashians. They just couldn’t help themselves.
And whereas the older Kim needed a sex tape to be popular, the younger Kardashian decided that she didn’t need a sex tape anymore to let people see her butt cheeks and boobs. All we have to do is to google “Met Gala Kendall” and everything is revealed to our very eyes.
Kendall is actually one of the prettiest Kardashian there is. She is tall, beautiful and seems eager to run away from the Kardashian name. Through some support and some great decisions, Kendall has risen quickly up the ranks to be a top runway model and brand endorser.
Alas, there is only so much that a woman can do before reverting back to her own ways and doing the Kardashian thing of going almost naked in and out of the Met Gala, dating overrated rappers, and having your boyfriend fondle your butt in public while being documented by your younger sister who follows in your footsteps.
Sigh, I had high hopes for Kendall. And so far, she’s been doing all the wrong things. She hasn’t been so lucky in terms of endorsements: The Pepsi debacle was bad in all fronts, and so is endorsing the disastrous Frye Festival.
There is hope yet though. Kendall is only 21. And it’s only just May 2017.
All I can say is, I wish we had better female role models out there who can elevate themselves beyond going nude or acting lasciviously.
There are many way to feature female greatness. We can do so through our intelligence, hard work and our desire to bring positive changes to community. We can gain respect based on our ideas, our contributions and our achievements.
Sure, it’s boring when you are celebrated because you’re a Bar top-notcher — congrats by the way to Caren Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in Cebu, who topped the 2016 bar examinations besting over 6,000 others who took the exam — but it’s one way to show people you don’t have to go nude to earn respect.
I hope there will be more Caren Mae Calam in the world than there are Kardashians.
And while the Kardashians, Hadids, and the Jenners may have more likes, more hits and more Instagram followers today, there will be a time when they will crash and burn and the world goes off to the next best thing. Meanwhile, women who highlight all other assets aside from their bodies run steadily along, making the world a better place.
I’d rather be a boring Calam than a popular Kardashian. How about you?