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Lena Waithe Repped For Black Drag Queens In Her Pyer Moss Statement Suit At The Met Gala

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Uber fab chick Lena Waithe made a statement in her power suit at the 2019 Met Gala. Get into her tribute to black drag queens, plus deets on a spelling mistake on the back of her blazer inside...

EMMY winning writer Lena Waithe is always repping for the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, she slayed in a rainbow cape to pay homage to her community. This year, she decided to make a statement that paid homage to the black drag queens who invented everything CAMP.

"The Chi" creator rocked a custom Pyer Moss suit alongside fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, who rocked a similar suit. Kerby is the founder of the menswear label Pyer Moss.

Bomb fact: The pinstripes on Lena's suit were made out of lyrics from classic tracks like Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Kerby's pinstripes featured lyrics from his favorite rappers.



The designer teamed up with Johnny Nelson Jewelry to create 16 custom Iconic sculpture portrait buttons and black power fist cuff links to adorn their suits. Kerby's buttons featured his favorite rap artists like Nas, Nipsey Hussle, J. Cole, Meek Mill, Drake, Tupac, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar. Lena's button's were dedicated to LGBTQ+ icons like RuPaul, Dorian Corey, Freddie Pendavis, Octavia St. Laurent and more. They also wore custom gators by The Shoe Surgeon's Dominic Ciambrone.

It was the message on the back of Lena's blazer that had everyone on notice.


Lena's message on the back reads, "Black Drag Queens Invented Camp." However, folks noticed there was a slight typo on her jacket. It actually reads, "Black Drag Queens INVENTEND Camp."  We thought it was just the font, but folks swear it actually is an extra N on the jacket.

Now INVENTEND is a new word:




"Kerby Jean-Raymond came up with a design," Lena told E! on the carpet. "We collaborated on really bringing a message. To me, I really wanted to make sure my outfit represented the black drag queens who started this camp thing about being over the top and all that jazz. People like RuPaul, all these pioneers who really started this whole thing and I really wanted to pay tribute to them."

The back of Kerby's blazer reads, "Fix Your Credit. Pool Money. Buy Back The Block." Very Nispey Hussle-inspired.



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Fashion with a message.  And with a reminder of who actually invented this.  We know how folks love to forget and Columbus things.

Photos: Getty

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