Lena Waithe's Met Gala Jacket Spells "Invented" Differently For a Reason

Lena Waithe is constantly bringing visibility to what a ‘Black gay girl’ looks like, whether she’s at the MTV Movie Awards honoring Shirley Chisholm (the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination) or smirking at her detractors on the cover of Vanity Fair. And while she doesn’t rely on just her physical appearance to bring about change, at Monday\'s Met Gala, Waithe took the opportunity to honor other groundbreaking Black femmes with her look.While in 2018 she attended the Met Gala in a Carolina Herrera rainbow cape to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, this year, Waithe decided to support Black drag queens specifically. She wore a custom Pyer Moss zoot suit with a message on the back: “Black drag queens inventend camp.”Black culture has been noticeably absent from this year\'s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on Camp. She once described camp as a “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration