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Are Influencers Now Part of Fashion’s Elite?

Influencers have selfie'd, paid partnership'd and vlogged their way onto the red carpet of fashion's Big Night Out.

Collage credits: Rex Shutterstock, Camila Coelho, Instagram, WWD

Welcome to camp, influencers.

The highest echelon of the fashion community received four influencers at its most exclusive event this week. Camila Coelho and YouTubers James Charles and Lilly Singh made their Met Gala debuts as guests of Diane von Furstenberg and YouTube, respectively. Liza Koshy, who previously played host on the red carpet for in 2018, also attended as YouTube’s guest.

Coelho, Charles, Singh and Koshy weren’t the first influencers to grace the Met Gala carpet — Chiara Ferragni did that back in 2015, but the number of them this year — modest, still, in comparison to their celebrity counterparts — is a definite change. It is also, perhaps, a sign of acceptance. Are influencers now a part of fashion’s elite?

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