Shortly before Symone, winner of the latest season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” hit the Met Gala red carpet for the first time Monday, she was busy getting ready at New York’s The Mark Hotel, where many of the night’s stars complete their evening transformations. Dripping in a Moschino gown of gold chains and fringe, the “Ebony Enchantress” channeled classic glamour, with an extra twist for the gala’s 2021 theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
Here, we caught up with Symone just before she headed out for the night.
CNN Style: How are you feeling about attending the Met Gala and walking the red carpet tonight? Are you nervous?
Symone: I’m not going to even lie to you — I’m very nervous! This is fashion’s biggest night, honey, and ya girl has to be right and right! More than nervous though, I’m very excited! Things like this don’t happen every day, so I’m ready to feel and experience all the things today has to offer.
CNN Style: Is there anything you do as a ritual before any major event?
Symone: Oh, yes! I always have to take me a good, long shower before starting the glamification — it helps clear my mind and my nerves. Then, I put on my getting-ready playlist and go in. Music is a huge part of my process because it helps get my energies right and where they need to be.
CNN Style: How do you feel in your outfit tonight? What do you love most about it?
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