No, TikTok Influencers Were Not 'Banned' from the 2024 Met Gala, Sources Confirm

Another Met Gala has come and gone, and fans are still dissecting celebs' looks — including Zendaya and Cardi B's stair-sweeping ensembles —days later

Published Time: 10.05.2024 - 01:31:17 Modified Time: 10.05.2024 - 01:31:17

Another Met Gala has come and gone, and fans are still dissecting celebs' looks — including Zendaya and Cardi B's stair-sweeping ensembles —days later.

Something else generating conversation is the perceived absence of TikTokers and other influencers from this year’s event.

In a viral Tiktok video, user Danny Rayes claims in his caption that “Influencers are banned from the Met Gala,” and that “the days of influencers attending these events are over.” He continues on to say that “allegedly multiple A-list celebrities were complaining about influencers being at this event.”

Rayes claims that several A-list attendees threatened to not attend the event if influencers were invited and in response, the Met Gala “decided to totally ban every single influencer, with the exception of YouTuber Emma Chamberlin."

In the clip, which has generated 6.3 million views as of Thursday, May 9, the TikToker does not cite the sources of his information.

Multiple sources familiar with the matter tell PEOPLE, however, that there was no such rule made: TikTokers and influencers were not banned from the Met Gala.

In fact, TikTok was the lead sponsor of the corresponding Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibit, "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," according to a news release.

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While some previous attendees like TikToker Addison Rae and beauty influencer James Charles did not attend this year’s Met Gala, other influencers like model and TikToker Wisdom Kaye were spotted on the carpet.

TikTok influencer Reece Feldman (know as @guywithamoviecamera) posed on the Met steps and then joined press to conduct interviews on the sidelines.

Emma Chamberlain also conducted interviews on the carpet for Vogue and French influencer and YouTuber Léna Mahfouf was pictured walking the carpet.

Model and TikToker Hayley Kalil also shared several viral videos and photos of herself dressed up at the nearby Mark hotel, the location at which most stars get ready at and depart for the Met Gala.

Tiktok influencer Tefi Pessoa provided red carpet coverage of this year’s Met and even briefly interviewed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

There were several first-timers at the Met this year, including stars like Pamela Anderson, Shakira and Jeff Goldblum. The event also drew out some celebrities who hadn't attended in quite some time, like Meg Ryan, who was last at a Met Gala in 2001.

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