Leylah Fernandez: My Met Gala outfit was inspired by Venus Williams' dress from 1998

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Leylah Fernandez: My Met Gala outfit was inspired by Venus Williams' dress from 1998

Canadian tennis star Leylah Fernandez revealed her Met Gala dress was inspired by Venus Williams' dress from 1998. Following her stunning run at the US Open, Fernandez was invited to the 2021 Met Gala. Fernandez revealed that meeting Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was a "dream come true" for her.

“The preparation, the whole preparation, was like a Cinderella story. I never imagined myself to be in that situation or to even experience it. So to be able to visit the Vogue building to pick out my dress, to meet Anna Wintour during Met Gala was a dream come true," Fernandez told the Australian Open, as revealed on Sportskeeda.

Fernandez shined at the Met Gala

Fernandez hit the red carpet in an elegant black-and-white Carolina Herrera dress. "I was very lucky to have worn a dress by Carolina Herrera. And the designer was inspired by Venus Williams' dress from a few years back.

So, I was very lucky enough to be able to represent them and represent the dress the best way I could," Fernandez added. Also, Fernandez revealed her team didn't want to reveal the Met Gala invitation until after she finished her US Open campaign.

“It was a nice surprise after the (US Open) finals when my mum told me, ‘oh, by the way, we’re invited to the Met Gala’. And right before my press conference, I was like 'really.' The funny thing is that I got the invitation during the tournament but nobody told me.

They wanted me to focus on my matches. They didn't want to surprise me with anything," said Fernandez. Meanwhile, Fernandez kicked off her 2022 season last week in Adelaide. Fernandez didn't enjoy a deep run in Adelaide as she lost to Iga Swiatek in the round-of-16.

Fernandez was drawn to meet Australian Maddison Inglis in the Australian Open first round. Fernandez has two first round exits at Melbourne Park.

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