Mindy Kaling’s Met Gala Challenge entry just won Instagram today

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Mindy Kaling’s Met Gala Challenge entry just won Instagram today

Mindy Kaling’s Met Gala Challenge entry just won Instagram today

Update, May 1st, 2020, 3:35 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to add Mindy Kaling’s Met Gala Challenge entry.

When you think of show-stopping red carpet fashion, you think of Billy Porter. Who could forget his motorized hat at the 2020 Grammys, his tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars, or his 24-carat gold feathers at this year’s Academy Awards? And there’s no better time for show-stopping fashion than at the Met Gala. Unfortunately, this year’s event has been postponed due to coronavirus, but Porter is still ready to celebrate. He kickstarted the Met Gala Challenge, and it’s taking over Instagram. Even Mindy Kaling just entered.

“The time has come for the challenge to end all fashion challenges,” Porter says in his announcement video with Vogue. The idea is simple: Recreate an iconic Met Gala look from years past with whatever you have at home. The execution, though, is straight-up jaw-dropping. Vogue wrote on Instagram that the new challenge “pays tribute to the night’s peacocking spirit,” and Instagrammers are taking that to heart with over-the-top recreations.

The 2020 Met Gala was scheduled for the first Monday in May, but it has been postponed indefinitely. The theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

In the meantime, see some of the most unbelievable Met Gala Challenge looks on Instagram, and be inspired to join in yourself.

1. Mindy Kaling as Jared Leto in 2019

“Recreating one of my favorite Met Gala looks ever with the help of a tarp, some Christmas lights and packing tape,” Kaling captioned her Instagram post. “I think Alessandro Michele would approve.” We just have to bow down to this one. Kaling (and her head) channeled Jared Leto’s 2018 camp look, and it’s instantly iconic. Even Leto agrees. He commented with a black heart emoji—perfect.

2. Gigi Hadid’s 2017 Met Gala dress

It’s like the Pillow Challenge mashed up with Porter’s new challenge. The Instagrammer used a sleeping bag, belt, and Goodwill blazer to recreate Hadid’s look. As a bonus, she also created two more challenge entries—Elizabeth Debicki in 2019 and Blake Lively in 2011—and they’re equally incredible.

3. Naomi Campbell’s 1990 look

This one is a true throwback. Somehow, what looks like paper and markers has totally transformed into red-carpet fashion.

4. Rihanna’s 2018 Met Gala look

Rihanna dressed like the literal pope for 2018’s “Heavenly Bodies”-themed event. Now, one Instagrammer has imitated the dress in newspaper. Somehow, it’s precisely on point. This challenger has created loads of red-carpet fashions at home, so definitely scroll through her feed for Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, and more.

5. Laverne Cox in 2019

We’re just in awe here. This recreation—made with curtains, toothpaste (??), aluminum foil, tissue paper, wire, and a glue gun—looks like real fashion.

6. Solange’s 2015 look

Solange went super conceptual with her “China: Through The Looking Glass” fashion moment. But this Instagram user totally pulled off the style using just photography paper and paint.

7. Katy Perry’s 2019 style

Perry made a chandelier high fashion back at the 2019 Met Gala, and this at-home version is truly giving us the LOLs.

8. Katy Perry’s 2018 Met Gala look

We let out a gasp when we saw these paper angle wings. Did this Instagram artist actually outdo Perry on her own look? No competition, but we think the “Roar” singer would have to applaud.

9. Frances McDormand’s 2018 look

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For @voguemagazine’s #metgalachallenge #metgala2020 I recreated the 2018 look of @frances.mcdormand for “Celestial Bodies” ✨ 💫 ✨ #metgala2018 Thankyou @theebillyporter for the inspiration – I have always loved her look that year. I was intimidated at first to try to craft the look with only supplies I had at home but then @kidd.ashleyb pointed out I could just use leaves. Supplies/ pants and shirt I had already, shoes I had already, dress cape is my bed sheet, a pillow case, and three bent wire hangers plus two safety pins. Headpiece are leaves pruned from my orange and lemon tree 🍊 🍋 and are crafted into my bun using a mesh ribbon, my hair and green pipe cleaners, shoutout to my husband for answering my phone call of “come outside into the backyard and take my picture” #metgalachallenge #shelterinplacebutmakeitfashion #shelterinplacebutmakeitfun #francesmcdormand #usewhatyouvegot #DIY #reducereuserecycle #challengeaccepted @celestebarber —- and don’t forget, both me and Frances McDormand are excellent @excellentcoatsonirritatedwomen in our matching giant billowing high collared cape dresses – @pattiegonia and @cerowastecindy – making this #metgalachallenge entry super green and zero waste – with a dash of “I speak for the trees” crazy tree lady vibes 🌳 🌱 #mothernature #mothernatch – does this outfit make me look like I volunteer year-round as an outdoors recreation instructor with the @sierraclub 😂👍as part of the Angeles Chapter #wildernesstravelcourse @sierraclubangeles @scwtc

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She is absolutely nailing McDormand’s red carpet energy in these photos. All of them look wildly fun, TBH.

To enter your own photos, just get creative at home and tag #MetGalaChallenge on Instagram. We can’t all be Billy Porter, but we can sure try.

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