AOC and Carolyn Maloney use Met Gala to send a political message

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New York City's Met Gala returned on Monday night, with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney among the attendees marking the comeback of the pandemic-delayed, star-studded fashion event with striking political statements.

The big picture: The back of Ocasio-Cortez displayed the slogan "tax the rich" on the back of her white dress by Brother Vellies. Fellow Democratic New York lawmaker Carolyn Maloney wore a gown displaying the purple, white and gold colors of the suffrage movement, with sashes stating "equal rights for women."

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney dressed in her Met Gala gown at the event in New York City on Monday. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

  • Ocasio-Cortez said her gown was about "having a real conversation about fairness and equity in our system, and I think this conversation is particularly relevant as we debate ... the budget and reconciliation bill," per AP.

  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay told AP her Prada black gown "interpreted American independence, which is the theme," as a celebration of Black excellence.

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