‘Like a supermodel’: Eileen Gu’s Met Gala look lights up Chinese language social media

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Contributors Ziyu Zhang, CNN

Winter Olympian Eileen Gu set Chinese language social media alight after she attended Monday night’s notoriously unique Met Gala in a figure-hugging Louis Vuitton mini-dress.
Showing on the pink carpet simply days after leaving China for the US, the place she is because of start school this fall, the freestyle skier was — inside hours of the occasion — the second most talked-about subject on the Twitter-like platform Weibo. The hashtag #EileenGuMetGalaRedCarpet has now been considered over 250 million instances.

Eileen Gu arrives on the Met Gala in New York on Monday night. Credit score: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Born and raised in California, 18-year-old Gu switched her sporting allegiance to her mom’s residence nation, China, forward of this yr’s Beijing Winter Video games. Her recognition there has helped her safe offers with the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Tiffany & Co.

The skier’s partnership with Louis Vuitton has additionally seen her seem in high-profile campaigns for the French luxurious home. For the Met Gala pink carpet, which is understood for its tightly managed guestlist, the label dressed her in a strapless leather-based robe, knee-high boots and a metallic clutch.

Whereas some customers questioned Gu’s adherence to the fundraiser’s theme, “Gilded Glamour and White Tie,” Chinese language netizens’ responses to the look had been largely constructive.

“Her determine and elegance actually resemble these of a supermodel,” wrote one Weibo consumer. “Eileen Gu seems beautiful on this outfit,” one other commented, evaluating her to the DC Comics superhero Marvel Girl.

Eileen Gu (center) pictured at a Louis Vuitton womenswear show in Paris, France, in October 2021.

Eileen Gu (heart) pictured at a Louis Vuitton womenswear present in Paris, France, in October 2021. Credit score: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Photographs

Others, nevertheless, prompt that Gu was using off the again of her Olympic medal success. “She is making the most of her recognition proper now and is in a rush to maximise her enterprise worth,” wrote one consumer. “What a wise and clean technique.”

Gu was one in every of a number of celebrities, together with Emma Stone, Cynthia Erivo and “Squid Recreation” star Hoyeon Jung, to put on Louis Vuitton on the star-studded occasion.

Although often known as an athlete, Gu can be represented by IMG Fashions, the company representing vogue heavyweights like Bella Hadid, Kate Moss and Hailey Bieber. Even earlier than selecting up three medals at her debut Olympics in February, the skier could possibly be noticed at business occasions like Paris Vogue Week.

Monday marked her second look at the Met Gala, having attended final yr’s fundraiser in a Carolina Herrera bubble gown.
Last year, Gu attended the Met Gala in a Carolina Herrera gown.

Final yr, Gu attended the Met Gala in a Carolina Herrera robe. Credit score: Dimitrios Kambouris/Met Museum/Vogue/Getty Photographs

“In contrast with final yr, she turned far more assured and began to benefit from the gala” mentioned one Weibo consumer, with one other including: “She is simply 18 however has been invited to the Met Gala twice.”

Simply final week, Gu divided opinions on Weibo with a seemingly innocuous submit bidding farewell to China as she heads to the US to review. Writing to her 6.eight million followers on Weibo final week, the skier had merely posted: “Thanks China,” with an emoji of the Chinese language flag and a coronary heart. However some netizens accused her of performing “like a foreigner,” whereas others puzzled why she did not say “thanks motherland” or “thanks (my) nation.”

With quite a few Chinese language cities experiencing lockdowns or worsening outbreaks of Covid-19, Gu has additionally confronted criticism over the timing of her departure. Some netizens pointed to the distinction between the star’s Met Gala look and the scenario dealing with tens of millions of individuals in China.

“If the epidemic continues to rage, the financial system continues to slip, and bizarre individuals will additional lose the power to empathize with these champions — who haven’t got to fret about meals or clothes — although Eileen is harmless,” wrote one Weibo consumer.

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