Kelly Slater is certainly the top of the top in our action sports world when it comes to celebrities. The 11-time world surfing champ is up there with Tony Hawk and that’s about it.
But seeing Slater mingle and mix it up with the biggest celebrities in the world is always eye-opening because we see him as our A-lister, and can sometimes forget that the champ is in fact an A-lister all around the world.
On Monday evening, Slater and fellow Outerknown co-founder John Moore attended the black-tie 2017 Met Gala in New York City — the swankiest of the swankiest parties of the year.
Slater and Moore brushed elbows with A-listers like Matt Damon, James Corden, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Madonna, P. Diddy, Kate Hudson, the Olsen twins, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Schumer, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Tommy Hilfiger and so many more.
The Met Gala, officially known the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, is an annual fundraiser held on the first Monday in May by the museum to raise funds for their Costume Institute. It is essentially one big night of fashion for celebrities to show off on a red carpet while raising money for the arts in the process.
This year, according to The New York Times, tickets cost $30,000 a piece and tables were $275,000. This makes it easy to see why people have called it “the party of the year” and “the Oscars of the East Coast”.
But not everyone pays for a ticket, as the event is invitation-only and most celebrities are invited by brands to sit at their tables. So Slater may not have even had to pay for a ticket in theory.
According to GQ, Slater himself was wearing a Brioni suit, which start upwards of $5,000. Slater and Moore also attended last year, along with Stephanie Gilmore, undoubtedly to represent their men’s fashion brand Outerknown.
Hosted this year by Anna Wintour, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, we’re sure it was certainly an evening to remember for Slater. And possibly an expensive one at that. But when you’re the face of surfing and are running a men’s fashion brand, it all comes with the territory.
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