LOOK: Fil-Am rapper Saweetie pays homage to Filipino roots at Met Gala debut

Saweetie Met Gala debut
Filipino-American rapper Saweetie wears a gown that pays tribute to both sides of her heritage on the red carpet of the Met Gala in New York. Photo from Christian Cowan IG.

Filipino-American rapper Saweetie paid homage to her Black and Filipino roots during the 75th Met Gala in New York.

For her first Met Gala appearance, the 28-year-old singer donned a stunning crystal-embellished Christian Cowan gown inspired by her mixed heritage.

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“My cape represents the Black American heritage flag and the Filipino flag,” Saweetie told ET on September 13, 2021.

Saweetie, whose real name is Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper, was born to a Filipino-Chinese mother and an African-American father. She grew up in the Bay Area in California, U.S.A.

“Proud of my heritage!” Saweetie shared on her Instagram account.

According to British designer Christian Cowan, Saweetie’s custom gown is made with “ten million hand-placed crystals” draped to adorn her body with “Cowan emblem embellishments.”

The red shimmering gown also has a train that represents the colors of two flags: one in red, white, blue, and yellow for the Philippine flag and one in red and black for the Black American flag.

The 2021 Met Gala or the annual fundraising event for the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts is themed “In America: A Lexicon in Fashion.”

Saweetie was honored in Gold House’s annual A100 List to celebrate Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders (APIs) alongside fellow outstanding artists with Filipino roots such as H.E.R. and Olivia Rodrigo.

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