Simone Biles and her Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee traded the stability beam and uneven bars for the vibrant lights of the Met Gala on Monday evening, when the two sporting superstars made their crimson carpet debut at the glittering A-list occasion.
The two sports activities stars, who competed facet by facet in Tokyo only a few weeks in the past, proved that they will maintain their very own alongside a few of style’s greatest stars as they put their most trendy foot ahead – buying and selling their leotards for beautiful couture ensembles.
Biles, 24, opted for a glittering floor-length robe that had a prolonged prepare, beautiful embellished beading, and a determine hugging black bodice that was lined with silver stars.
Meanwhile, all-around gymnastics champion Lee, 18, who claimed the gold medal in the occasion after her teammate dropped out of rivalry amid struggles together with her psychological well being, appeared to have fun her Olympic win by donning a stunning gold two-piece outfit.
Stunning in silver: Simone Biles made fairly the splash at the Met Gala on Monday, making her debut at the occasion in a shocking floor-length robe
Who wants leotards! The 24-year-old gymnast appeared each inch the style star in her beaded ensemble – which weighed a whopping 88lbs
Teamwork! Biles’ Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee was additionally in attendance at the occasion – the place she appeared to have fun her all-around victory by sporting a fairly gold gown
Throwback: The two ladies solely returned from Tokyo final month, having needed to climate their fair proportion of controversy over Biles’ resolution to withdraw from a number of finals
Lee’s look featured a classy crop high that had massive gold beads round the neck and sleeves, and which she wore with a flowing metallic skirt.
The skirt had a mullet-style hemline that raised up in the entrance, showcasing the gymnast’s toned limbs, earlier than dropping down at the again right into a prolonged prepare that flowed behind her as she made her means down the carpet.
She completed the look off with some easy gold heels, whereas her lengthy brunette locks have been pulled again in a smooth ponytail with a golden hair accent that dazzled in the gentle as she turned this manner and that in entrance of the cameras.
Despite this yr’s occasion serving as her Met Gala debut, Lee appeared proper at dwelling in entrance of the cameras, having little doubt grown accustomed to the consideration whereas she was competing in Tokyo – the place she proved triumphant in the ladies’s all-around remaining, claiming a gold medal in the highly-competitive occasion.
Her win got here not lengthy after her teammate Biles sparked livid controversy by dropping out of 5 occasion finals amid struggles together with her psychological well being – prompting some critics to accuse her of ‘quitting’ and ‘abandoning’ her younger teammates.
But on Monday, Biles fortunately rose above her critics, exhibiting off a stunning smile as she fortunately posed for the cameras.
From the beam to this! Biles’ beautiful robe stretched out at the hips and it completely hugged her determine at the waist, serving to to emphasise her slim physique
She’s bought a sense: Speaking to Vogue about her gown, Biles stated that it made her really feel ’empowered’ – regardless of its hefty weight
On the transfer: Biles’ gown featured an evening sky-inspired physique go well with and had a mini gown beneath it for the gymnast to put on in a while in the night
Helpers: The gymnast’s gown was so heavy, she wanted assist shifting it round the carpet
However Biles’ crimson carpet look was not fairly as straightforward breezy as she made out – with the gymnast revealing after she made her means in the direction of the venue’s doorways that she was really struggling to maneuver herself in her spectacular beaded gown, as a result of it weighed a staggering 88lbs.
‘How do I really feel in the gown? It’s undoubtedly heavy, however I really feel stunning, robust, and empowered,’ she instructed Vogue at the occasion.
Thankfully, Biles had a number of helpers readily available to help her together with her actions, with a handful of males fortunately shifting round the lengthy prepare of her beaded robe – which really featured a mini skirt beneath for her to vary into ought to the full-length quantity develop too cumbersome all through the evening.
Needless to say the gymnast wouldn’t be performing any flips and spins in the robe, nonetheless she did not let its hefty weight cease her from having fun with her first-ever Met Gala look.
The former Vogue cowl woman could not take the smile off her face as she arrived at the iconic venue, exhibiting off a really glamorous magnificence look, blinged-out earrings, and a protracted low ponytail that hung down the again of the robe.
As she walked up the stairs, the massive beaded skirt of the gown parted, flashing a fast peek at the star’s lengthy black-and-silver tights and her sky-high black heels.
Going for gold: Lee on the different hand wore a classy two-piece look, which completely matched the colour of her all-around medal
Coming up: The gymnast took a break from her Dancing With the Stars coaching schedule to be able to attend the occasion for the first time
It has been fairly the busy few weeks for each ladies, who returned from Tokyo final month to a hero’s welcome of their respective hometowns: Biles in Spring, Texas, whereas Lee headed dwelling to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Since then, the 18-year-old has began her collegiate profession at Auburn University, the place she is at the moment enrolled in her freshman yr – and for whom she is because of full in the NCAA at the begin of 2022 when the season kicks off.
Her participation in the faculty league will see her making historical past as the first-ever all-around gymnastics champion to compete in the NCAA.
Before then nonetheless, Lee has her sights set on one other prize: Dancing With the Stars’ iconic mirror ball trophy for which she is going to compete on-screen when the latest season of the expertise present kicks off later this month.
Biles in the meantime has had a bit extra free time on her fingers – which she has put to good use by absorbing some sunshine in Mexico with a number of of her greatest buddies, whereas additionally having fun with time at dwelling together with her NFL star boyfriend Jonathan Owens.
The two-time Olympian is about to go out on a 35-city Gold Over America Tour later this month, alongside her Tokyo teammate Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, and Mykayla Skinner.
Hours earlier than the Met Gala it was additionally revealed that Biles and her 2016 Olympic teammate Aly Raisman will each testify in entrance of the senate about the FBI’s ‘mishandling’ of the solid in opposition to pedophile physician Larry Nassar.
Nassar, 58, is at the moment serving a life sentence after pleading responsible in late 2017 and early 2018 to sexually assaulting ladies and women whereas working as a sports activities drugs physician at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University (MSU).