Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared at the Met Gala on Monday evening with a message to Americans, which is: “Impose taxes on the rich.”
Ocasio-Cortez wore an off-the-shoulder white dress from Brooklyn-based Brooklyn-based label “Brother Vellies”.
The dress is decorated with a statement written in red on the back.
In her first appearance at the party, Ocasio-Cortez completed her look with gold earrings and a pink flower attached to her hair.
Speaking to reporters at the event, the US congresswoman explained the reason behind her message at the Met Gala, which was attended by many of Hollywood’s biggest and richest stars.
“When we talk about support for working families, and having a fair tax law, that conversation often happens between the working and middle classes (in) the Senate,” the congresswoman said. “I think it’s time to get all classes involved in the conversation.”
Brother Vellies creative director Aurora James, known for leading an initiative known as the 15% Pledge, joined Ocasio-Cortez at the event.
The initiative, launched via Instagram, urges retailers and businesses to commit 15% of their purchasing power to support black-owned businesses.
And there were other bold statements on display at the annual fundraising event.
Earlier, soccer star Megan Rapinoe was seen carrying a handbag emblazoned with the words “In Gay We Trust,” while fellow Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Caroline Maloney, appeared in a bright “Equal Rights for Women” (equal rights for women).
Maloney’s look celebrates the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.
With the Met Costume Institute reopening with its inaugural exhibition celebrating American designers, Maloney said she was “calling for the endorsement of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), so that women can enjoy equality once and for all.”