Cardi B Responds to Criticism After Referring to Met Gala Designer Sensen Lii By Race Instead of Name – E! Online – E! NEWS

Cardi B is setting the record straight. 
After the "WAP" rapper received criticism for referring to the designer of her 2024 Met Gala dress as an "Asian designer" on the carpet—rather than Sensen Lii, of Windowsen—Cardi is explaining how she forgot his name in the heat of the moment. 
"First, when I was on the red carpet, I was very scared," she said in a since-expired social media video shared by TMZ. "Because he dress was supposed to be on a little podium, and I've been practicing how to pose on the podium. But at the carpet, I wasn't allowed to use the podium. So I had a lot of things in my mind, and I was being rushed to the front of the line."
She continued, "So when I was being interviewed, I kind of forgot to pronounce the designer's name because his name is a little but complicated. Like my mind was just racing. I said 'Asian designer because I knew that the designer was Asian, but I wasn't sure what nationality the designer was. I didn't want to get somebody's nationality mixed up."
Attention was brought to Cardi's comments on the carpet after Vogue's former managing director Gilbert Cheah called her out for the moment on social media. 
"For the record and recognition, and no thanks to Cardi B, the designer of her gown is Sensen Lii who's Chinese," Gilbert commented on a reel of Cardi at the Met. And though he expressed he personally felt the gown to be "boring and not even on theme," he noted, "but she chose it and should have at least remembered his name and not just that he's 'Asian.'"
E! News has reached out to Gilbert for comment but has not yet heard back. 
For her part, Cardi also responded to Gilbert's negative comments towards the look.
"I do feel like, as a person that works in fashion, I feel like the designer and my stylist, we worked really hard for this theme. So for you to be kind of shady. Because you try to offend me, but you actually offending the people that work behind the scenes, you're actually offending the people that spent hours and hours on phone calls, on Zooms and money on this design."
The Grammy winner also made sure to give Sensen a special shoutout. 
"I have to give another thank you to @windowsen," she wrote on her May 8 Instagram Story over a video of herself in the voluminous gown. "I chose you because of your amazing talent and you came through really making this Met Gala a night to remember @sensenlii."
The designer then reshared the Story to his own profile, writing thank you alongside a red heart.
To see more of Cardi's Met Gala look—and the many others to grace the Metropolitan Museum of Art's front steps—keep reading. 
Zendaya
In Maison Margiela.
Sydney Sweeney
In custom Miu Miu.
Cardi B
In Windowsen.
Kim Kardashian
In custom Maison Margiela Couture and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Jessica Biel
In Tamara Ralph.
Bad Bunny
In custom Maison Margiela.
Jodie Turner-Smith
In Burberry and Chopard jewelry.
Kylie Jenner
In custom Oscar de la Renta and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Kendall Jenner
In Givenchy Haute Couture and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Jennifer Lopez
In custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture.
Mindy Kaling
In Gaurav Gupta.
Ariana Grande
In custom Loewe and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Shakira
In Carolina Herrera and Stuart Weitzman shoes.
Mona Patel
In custom Iris Van Herpen couture.
Janelle Monáe
In custom Vera Wang.
Dua Lipa
In Marc Jacobs and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.
Gabrielle Union
In custom Michael Kors.
Sarah Jessica Parker
In Richard Quinn and Philip Treacy hat.
Ayo Edebiri
In Loewe.
Gigi Hadid
in Thom Browne and Chopard.
Nicki Minaj
In Marni.
Jaden Smith
In Thome Browne.
Elle Fanning
In Balmain and Cartier jewelry.
Zendaya
In Givenchy SS96 Couture.
Ambika Mod
In Loewe.
Pamela Anderson
In Oscar de la Renta.
Cara Delevingne
In Stella McCartney.
Naomi Campbell
In custom Burberry.
FKA Twigs
In Stella McCartney.
Lea Michele
In Rodarte.
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