Simone Biles’s Met Gala 2021 Dress Was So Intricate Six Men Had to Help Carry It

Hot off her appearance at the VMAs, Simone Biles just made her Met ball debut on the Met gala 2021 red carpet. And it was quite the entrance. 

The gymnast’s silver train was so massive that it had to be carried up the steps by a team of six men (yes, really). Biles described her AREA x Athleta dress, which consists of a black bodysuit with star details and the aforementioned massive train, as having “flexibility from mat to Met.” She also revealed that it weighs a whopping 88 pounds. 

The look was a custom collaboration between Area and Athleta, inspired by the Olympian’s record-breaking career. Glamour is told the design was meant to capture “the intersection where performance, strength, and beauty meet.” In honor of Biles and her look at the Met gala, Athleta is also donating $50,000 to The Power of She Fund.

Take in the dress, below:

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And watch her entrance, here:

While the dress and shoes—styled by Leslie Fremar—were the stars of the show, Biles’ voluminous ponytail and silver smoky eye were equally stunning. Both the hair and makeup looks were inspired by Biles’s dress and her inner power.

“I wanted Simone’s hair to represent African American women with its texture and sleekness,” her hairstylist Nigella Miller tells Glamour. “The thickness and texture are the best of both worlds and really capture the epitome of African American hair. The stars represent power and beauty on a natural level, just like Simone does.”

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