Simone Biles and her Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee traded the balance beam and uneven bars for the bright lights of the Met Gala on Monday night as the two sporting superstars made their red carpet debut at the glittering A-list event.
The two sports stars, who competed side-by-side in Tokyo just a few weeks ago, proved that they can hold their own alongside some of the biggest fashion stars as they put their most fashionable leg forward – trading their tights for stunning couture ensembles.
Biles, 24, opted for a shimmering floor-length dress with a long train, beautiful ornate beading and a figure hugging a black bodice covered in silver stars.
Meanwhile, all-around gymnastics champion Lee, 18, who claimed the gold medal in the event after her teammate dropped out due to mental health issues, appeared to celebrate her Olympic victory by donning a dazzling gold two-piece outfit.
Stunning in Silver: Simone Biles impressed at the Met Gala on Monday, making her debut at the event in a stunning floor-to-ceiling dress
Who needs tights! The 24-year-old gymnast looked like the fashion star in her bead ensemble – which weighed a whopping 88 pounds
Teamwork! Biles’ Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee was also present at the event – where she appeared to celebrate her overall win by donning a beautiful gold dress
Throwback: The two women only returned from Tokyo last month, having endured much of the controversy over Biles’ decision to pull out of multiple finals
Lee’s look featured a chic crop top with large gold beads around the neck and sleeves, and she wore it with a flowing metallic skirt.
The skirt had a mullet-style hemline that rose at the front, showing the gymnast’s taut limbs, before falling down at the back in a long train that flowed behind her as she walked across the carpet.
She completed the look with a pair of simple gold heels, while her long dark brown locks were pulled back into a sleek ponytail with a gold hair accessory that dazzled in the light as she swung back and forth for the cameras.
Despite this year’s event serving as her Met Gala debut, Lee looked good for the cameras, no doubt getting used to the attention while competing in Tokyo – where she triumphed in the women’s all-around final, claiming a gold medal in the highly competitive event.
Her win came not long after her teammate Biles sparked a furious controversy by dropping out of five event finals amid her mental health issues — leading some critics to accuse her of “quitting” and “abandoning” her young teammates.
But on Monday, Biles gleefully rose above her critics, showing off a dazzling smile as she gleefully posed for the cameras.
From the beam to this! Biles’ gorgeous dress stretched at the hips and hugged her figure perfectly at the waist, highlighting her slender physique
She’s got a feeling: Speaking to Vogue about her dress, Biles said she felt ’empowered’ — despite the hefty weight
On the move: Biles’ dress featured a night sky-inspired bodysuit and had a mini dress underneath for the gymnast to wear later in the evening
Helpers: The gymnast’s dress was so heavy she needed help moving across the carpet
However, Biles’ appearance on the red carpet wasn’t as easily light-hearted as she did – with the gymnast revealing after going to the doors of the venue that she actually struggled to maneuver herself in her impressive beaded dress, because it weighed a whopping 88 pounds.
‘How do I feel in the dress? It’s definitely tough, but I feel beautiful, strong and powerful,” she told Vogue at the event.
Fortunately, Biles had several helpers on hand to help her with her moves, with a handful of men merrily running around in the long train of her beaded dress—which actually had a miniskirt underneath that she could change into when the full number grows too much. cumbersome during the night.
Needless to say, the gymnast wouldn’t do flips and spins in the dress, but she didn’t let the hefty weight stop her from enjoying her first-ever Met Gala performance.
The former Vogue cover girl couldn’t get the smile off her face when she arrived at the iconic location, flaunting a very glamorous beauty look, bling-out earrings and a long low ponytail that hung down the back of the dress.
As she made her way up the stairs, the large beaded skirt parted from the dress and took a quick glance at the star’s long black-and-silver tights and her towering black heels.
Going for gold: Lee, on the other hand, sported a chic two-piece suit, which matched the color of her all-around medal perfectly
Coming soon: The gymnast took a break from her Dancing With the Stars training schedule to attend the event for the first time
It’s been a pretty busy week for both women, who returned from Tokyo last month to a hero’s welcome in their respective hometowns: Biles in Spring, Texas, while Lee headed home to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Since then, the 18-year-old has embarked on her collegiate career at Auburn University, where she is currently enrolled in her freshman year — and for whom she will graduate from the NCAA in early 2022, when the season begins.
Her participation in the college competition will make her history as the first-ever all-around gymnastics champion to compete in the NCAA.
But before then, Lee has her sights set on another award: Dancing With the Stars’ iconic mirror ball trophy for which she will compete on-screen when the new season of the talent show kicks off later this month.
Biles, meanwhile, has had some more free time – which she put to good use enjoying the sun in Mexico with some of her closest friends, while also enjoying her NFL star friend Jonathan Owens at home.
The two-time Olympian will embark on a 35-city Gold Over America Tour later this month, along with her Tokyo teammate Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Mykayla Skinner.
Hours before the Met Gala, it was also revealed that Biles and her 2016 Olympic teammate Aly Raisman will both testify before the Senate about the FBI’s “misuse” of the cast against pedophile doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar, 58, is currently serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to sexually abusing women and girls in late 2017 and early 2018 while working as a sports medicine physician at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University (MSU).