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Doja Cat dressing as a cat was the highlight of the Met Gala

She answered ‘meow’ to full interview questions and then hit a vape pen

Doja Cat dressed as a the cat Choupette as the 2023 Met Gala celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty.” She is in a floor length Oscar De La Renta gown, and her face makeup includes prosthetics. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Nicole Clark (she/her) is a culture editor at Polygon, and a critic covering internet culture, video games, books, and TV, with work in the NY Times, Vice, and Catapult.

Doja Cat went full cat at the 2023 Met Gala. With the ball themed “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” Doja Cat showed up as Choupette, the late designer’s white Birman cat who had a famed reputation of her own — and some 200,000 Instagram followers.

The best part of the outfit is that Doja Cat looked both hot and like a cat. She made her entrance in a dazzling, form-fitting Oscar De La Renta gown, complete with cat ears on the hood. The glittery gown caught the light as she advanced up the stairs, a long feathery train on her dress trailing behind her. Doja Cat’s makeup included prosthetics that gave her a cat-like nose and mouth.

She proceeded to have a ball at the gala. When a Vogue reporter pulled her aside for a brief segment, Doja Cat meowed into the microphone.

Later, when Emma Chamberlain interviewed her for a Vogue livestream, Doja Cat responded to every single question with “meow.” Here’s the full interview:

Emma Chamberlain: “Okay so, tell me all about this.”

Doja Cat: “Meow.”

Emma Chamberlain: “I mean, wait, so who made it.”

Doja Cat: “Meow.”

Emma Chamberlain: “Wow, okay so something a little different. So what was your inspiration for tonight, be honest with me. And go into detail.”

Doja Cat: “Meow, meow. Meow?”

Emma Chamberlain: “So what are you excited to see in there today?”

Doja Cat: “Meow.”

Emma Chamberlain: “Is it your first Met?”

Doja Cat: “Meow.”

Emma Chamberlain: “I’ll see you in there.”

Doja Cat: “Meow.”


If there's one thing to know about DojaCat, it's that the singer will stay in character. For her first-ever #MetGala she channeled the one and only Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat.

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Later that evening, Doja Cat was also spotted hitting a vape pen.

Doja Cat wasn’t the only person paying homage to the designer’s cat, though hers was the best tribute. (Seriously, it is a shame that she wasn’t invited to the Met Gala when its theme was “camp” — I just know she would have killed it.)

Jared Leto wore a full fursuit to the event, in order to look like a life-size version of Choupette. While in costume, he evidently gave interviews in broken French.

A full fursuit of a cat at the 2023 Met Gala celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty.”  Jared Leto is in there. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

For Choupette’s part, she (well, her people, probably) made a statement through her official Instagram account, acknowledging the year’s Met Gala theme. “A million thanks to all of you my fans, animal lovers & Daddy’s admirers,” the account reads. We know at least two of those “fans” were at the Met Gala that evening paying a very literal homage.

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