10 Seriously Head-Turning Entrances from the 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet

Lil Nas X shed his armor, Simone Biles wore an 88-lb. gown and more of the most major moments as stars hit the iconic Met steps in N.Y.C. on Monday night

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Nia Dennis Does a Flip

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As gymnasts do! The former Olympian, one of the first to arrive on the Met Gala red carpet Monday night, literally kicked things off with her amazing moves.

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Lil Nas X Strips Down

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Well, not quite as much as he did at the MTV VMAs the night prior, but the singing star went from a regal robe to golden armor to a shimmering body suit in a moment of performance art on the red carpet.

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Kim Kardashian Is Actually Unrecognizable

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Walking the carpet with Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia, Kardashian had her entire face and body covered in black. "This look on Kim is like a new subculture and fashion statement," a source told PEOPLE. "No logo, no face, but everyone knows it's her."

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Iman Dons the Crown

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The supermodel had one of the most memorable looks of the evening, a one-of-a-kind Dolce & Gabbana bustier and crinoline skirt with a headpiece made of white feathers — which she told reporters wasn't heavy at all.

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Grimes Wields a Sword

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The Met Gala theme was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion ... which doesn't exactly explain the singer's choice of eye-catching accessory.

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Frank Ocean Brings a Robotic Baby

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Nor does it explain Ocean's somewhat jarring sidekick, a robotic baby that moved and emoted as the singer walked the red carpet.

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Billie Eilish Is a Teenage Dream

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Co-charing the gala this year, Eilish arrived in a peach Oscar de la Renta corset ball gown inspired by her childhood favorite: Barbie!

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Simone Biles Has a Squad of Six

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The gold medalist wore a custom gown that weighed a whopping 88 lbs. — requiring six masked men to help her up the neverending Metropolitan Museum of Art stairs.

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Natalia Bryant Makes Her Met Gala Debut

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The newly minted model and college freshman glowed while walking the Met Gala carpet for the first time in a sparkly pink bubble dress.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Arrive Fashionably Late

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Leaving fans wondering if she'd show, Met Gala favorite Rihanna finally arrived an hour after the carpet technically closed with her boyfriend happily by her side.

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