Simone Biles and her Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee traded the balance beam and uneven bars for the bright lights of the Met Gala on Monday night, when the two sporting superstars made their red carpet debut at the glittering A-list event.
The two sports stars, who competed side by side in Tokyo just a few weeks ago, proved that they can hold their own alongside some of fashion’s biggest stars as they put their most fashionable foot forward – trading their leotards for stunning couture ensembles.
Biles, 24, opted for a glittering floor-length gown that had a lengthy train, stunning embellished beading, and a figure hugging black bodice that was covered with silver stars.
Meanwhile, all-around gymnastics champion Lee, 18, who claimed the gold medal in the event after her teammate dropped out of contention amid struggles with her mental health, seemed to celebrate her Olympic win by donning a dazzling gold two-piece outfit.
Stunning in silver: Simone Biles made quite the splash at the Met Gala on Monday, making her debut at the event in a stunning floor-length gown
Who needs leotards! The 24-year-old gymnast looked every inch the fashion star in her beaded ensemble – which weighed a whopping 88lbs
Teamwork! Biles’ Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee was also in attendance at the event – where she seemed to celebrate her all-around victory by wearing a pretty gold dress
Throwback: The two women only returned from Tokyo last month, having had to weather their fair share of controversy over Biles’ decision to withdraw from multiple finals
Lee’s look featured a chic crop top that had large gold beads around the neck and sleeves, and which she wore with a flowing metallic skirt.
The skirt had a mullet-style hemline that raised up in the front, showcasing the gymnast’s toned limbs, before dropping down at the back into a lengthy train that flowed behind her as she made her way down the carpet.
She finished the look off with some simple gold heels, while her long brunette locks were pulled back in a sleek ponytail with a golden hair accessory that dazzled in the light as she turned this way and that in front of the cameras.
Despite this year’s event serving as her Met Gala debut, Lee looked right at home in front of the cameras, having no doubt grown accustomed to the attention while she was competing in Tokyo – where she proved triumphant in the women’s all-around final, claiming a gold medal in the highly-competitive event.
Her win came not long after her teammate Biles sparked furious controversy by dropping out of five event finals amid struggles with her mental health – prompting some critics to accuse her of ‘quitting’ and ‘abandoning’ her young teammates.
But on Monday, Biles happily rose above her critics, showing off a dazzling smile as she happily posed for the cameras.
From the beam to this! Biles’ stunning gown stretched out at the hips and it perfectly hugged her figure at the waist, helping to emphasize her slim physique
She’s got a feeling: Speaking to Vogue about her dress, Biles said that it made her feel ’empowered’ – despite its hefty weight
On the move: Biles’ dress featured a night sky-inspired body suit and had a mini dress underneath it for the gymnast to wear later on in the evening
Helpers: The gymnast’s dress was so heavy, she needed help moving it around the carpet
However Biles’ red carpet appearance was not quite as easy breezy as she made out – with the gymnast revealing after she made her way towards the venue’s doors that she was actually struggling to maneuver herself in her impressive beaded dress, because it weighed a staggering 88lbs.
‘How do I feel in the dress? It’s definitely heavy, but I feel beautiful, strong, and empowered,’ she told Vogue at the event.
Thankfully, Biles had several helpers on hand to assist her with her movements, with a handful of men happily moving around the long train of her beaded gown – which actually featured a mini skirt underneath for her to change into should the full-length number grow too cumbersome throughout the night.
Needless to say the gymnast would not be performing any flips and spins in the gown, however she didn’t let its hefty weight stop her from enjoying her first-ever Met Gala appearance.
The former Vogue cover girl couldn’t take the smile off her face as she arrived at the iconic venue, showing off a very glamorous beauty look, blinged-out earrings, and a long low ponytail that hung down the back of the gown.
As she walked up the stairs, the large beaded skirt of the dress parted, flashing a quick peek at the star’s long black-and-silver tights and her sky-high black heels.
Going for gold: Lee on the other hand wore a chic two-piece look, which perfectly matched the color of her all-around medal
Coming up: The gymnast took a break from her Dancing With the Stars training schedule in order to attend the event for the first time
It has been quite the busy few weeks for both women, who returned from Tokyo last month to a hero’s welcome in their respective hometowns: Biles in Spring, Texas, while Lee headed home to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Since then, the 18-year-old has started her collegiate career at Auburn University, where she is currently enrolled in her freshman year – and for whom she is due to complete in the NCAA at the start of 2022 when the season kicks off.
Her participation in the college league will see her making history as the first-ever all-around gymnastics champion to compete in the NCAA.
Before then however, Lee has her sights set on another prize: Dancing With the Stars’ iconic mirror ball trophy for which she will compete on-screen when the newest season of the talent show kicks off later this month.
Biles meanwhile has had a bit more free time on her hands – which she has put to good use by soaking up some sunshine in Mexico with several of her best friends, while also enjoying time at home with her NFL star boyfriend Jonathan Owens.
The two-time Olympian is set to head out on a 35-city Gold Over America Tour later this month, alongside her Tokyo teammate Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, and Mykayla Skinner.
Hours before the Met Gala it was also revealed that Biles and her 2016 Olympic teammate Aly Raisman will both testify in front of the senate about the FBI’s ‘mishandling’ of the cast against pedophile doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar, 58, is currently serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in late 2017 and early 2018 to sexually assaulting women and girls while working as a sports medicine doctor at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University (MSU).