Lil Nas X's Gold Armor Unveiling Proves Lady Gaga Isn't the One Star to Nail a Met Gala Outfit Change

Lil Nas X turned plenty of heads during his moment on the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala on Sept. 13, as the fashion-forward rapper showed off three distinct looks.

By McKenna Aiello, Ryan Gajewski Sep 13, 2021 11:32 PMTags
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Lil Nas X is clearly going to keep grabbing fans' attention until he can't no more.

On Monday, Sept. 13, the 22-year-old rapper made quite the memorable arrival on the 2021 Met Gala red carpet, as he showed off three different Versace looks. He started off with a regal robe, which he then removed to reveal a gold armor-type outfit that some social media users likened to C-3PO. Finally, he got down to a shimmering bodysuit.

His outfit changes called to mind Lady Gaga's multiple looks for 2019's Camp. While speaking to actress Keke Palmer, Lil Nas X described his Met Gala vibe as "sexy and slutty."

The music star has recently made headlines for his boundary-pushing style choices. On Sunday, Sept. 12, he appeared at the 2021 MTV VMAs in a purple, crystal-encrusted Versace pantsuit with accompanying side train to pick up multiple awards, including Video of the Year

After the awards show wrapped up, Lil Nas X teased his Met Gala plans during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "We finna give y'all something," the star said. "It's gonna be a week. This is not a moment—this is a week, baby!"

It's clear that he doesn't feel pressure to live up to anyone else's expectations for him. Earlier this month, he was featured in a photo shoot that showed him appearing to be pregnant

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Lil Nas X, who came out as gay in 2019, told Variety last month that he is currently in a relationship after experiencing a stretch of romantic ups and downs.

"I've had some good boyfriends and some bad ones," he shared at the time. "A lot of them were emotionally unavailable or had a lot of insecurity and whatnot."

He went on to say he's now "found someone special" and added, "I think this is the one. I can't explain it—it's just a feeling."

Keep scrolling to see all of Lil Nas X's 2021 Met Gala outfits, and click here for our full coverage of the event. The rapper's debut full-length album, Montero, is set for release on Friday, Sept. 17.

And visit E! Online's 2023 Met Gala page for every photo and must-see moment from fashion's biggest night.