Was Nikita Dragun at the 2021 Met Gala? Comments explained

Bruno Cooke September 15, 2021

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Nikita Dragun, aka Mother of Draguns, who goes by Venus Xtravaganza on Instagram after the performer whose death in 1988 rendered her a “transgender martyr” – wasn’t at the 2021 Met Gala. But Dragun’s fans, reeling from a temporary ban on Nikita’s Twitter account, reckon she “doesn’t need” it.

Influencers ‘take centre stage’ at this year’s Met Gala

Nikita Dragun didn’t attend this year’s Met Gala. But several influencers, TikTok content creators and YouTubers did – so much so that, in the words of Life&Style Mag, they “took centre stage”.

Italian fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni (below) was apparently the first influencer ever to attend the Met Gala. She did so in 2015, alongside Brazilian designer Francisco Costa. 

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An alleged seating chart for this year’s Met Gala leaked online in August, featuring a roster of social media influencers. 

Alongside accusations of fakery, the supposed seating plan received criticism. Some lambasted it on the grounds social media influencers shouldn’t be rubbing shoulders with “people who actually work for their career”.

What did Nikita Dragun say about the 2021 Met Gala situation?

Responding to those (pre-emptively) criticising the presence of influencers at the Met Gala, Nikita Dragun said: “I’m so tired of this narrative of influencers not being celebrities.

“My God, why are they inviting influencers to the Met Gala? Oh my God, why do influencers model? Oh my God, why are influencers creating so many beauty brands?”

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Ultimately, Nikita Dragun didn’t attend the Met Gala 2021. Meanwhile, among those in attendance who got their start on social media platforms were Dixie D’Amelio and Addison Rae (of TikTok fame), and Emma Chamberlain and Madison Beer (YouTubers).

Fans rally round Nikita Dragun following apparent Twitter ban

Nikita Dragun’s Twitter account is currently “temporarily unavailable”. A message in the account header reads it “violates the Twitter Media Policy”.

Her last post was ten hours ago. Several of the comments make reference to bottom surgery – Nikita Dragun, who goes by Venus Xtravaganza on Instagram after the late performerfirst came out as a trans woman as a teenager in 2015, and has spoken openly about her transition.

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If the cause of her temporary Twitter “unavailability” is the photo reel she most recently posted to Instagram – which corresponds to the comments on her most recent Twitter post about whether or not she has had bottom surgery – then the part of Twitter’s Media Policy it has come up against is likely the “full or partial nudity” clause.

The photos have so far received more than a million likes on Instagram. Comments include “You are an icon” and “Legendary. No other words. Just, legendary.”

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Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.