Lena Waithe’s Emmys speech comes to life at Met Gala

Lena Waithe‘s Emmy acceptance speech came to life in her Met Gala look on Monday.

When Waithe, 33, made history in September 2017 as the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing, she referenced her “LGBTQIA” family as she accepted her award, celebrating their differences as “superpowers.”

“I love you all and last but certainly not least my LGBTQIA [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual] family,” she explained at the awards show. “I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers — every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”

On Monday, in her Carolina Herrera wool gabardine tuxedo with a silk faille rainbow chevron cape reminiscent of the pride flag, that metaphor became a reality.

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