Each year Vogue puts out a special Met Gala magazine edition and whether it’s accurate or not, the person who is picked is often viewed as Vogue’s choice for the events best dressed. This year, gala co-hosts Katy Perry Pharrell landed the spot. Pharrell wore Comme des Garcon, a reflection of the show’s theme and Perry wore Maison Margiela by John Galliano.
Naturally, Vogue’s Instagram comments where it made the announcement are a mess. A lot of people are of the opinion that Rihanna should have been chosen. In fairness, Perry’s dress was amazing, and even still she had to share the cover. Though Pharrell was a good choice, too, given all the excitement as of late around men’s fashion (which was a sub-theme of the gala if you observed the guest list). One thing is for sure, Rihanna will be featured prominently within the magazine.
And it’s not like Rih hasn’t had her share of covers. Rihanna didn’t attend in 2016, and Vogue selected co-chair Taylor Swift. Rihanna with her famous Guo Pei yellow gown did land the cover in 2015 and she did it without the cochair title. She was also on the 2014 cover, along with Beyoncé. Taking it waaay back, Sarah Jessica Parker was on the 2013 cover.
All told, if you look through prior year covers, it appears there’s a lot at play in who is chosen for the cover. As is a lot with Vogue, it’s a mix of fashion, politics and business, and not necessarily in that order.
Check out some of past year covers below plus this year’s.