Bella Hadid Reveals Vaccination Status Amid Criticism Over Met Gala Absence

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Bella Hadid injected some sarcasm into the situation as she fired back at critics speculating about the reason behind her absence from the 2021 Met Gala.

Following online rumors that she did not attend the star-studded event because she allegedly did not meet the Metropolitan Museum of Art's requirement of being vaccinated against COVID-19—in accordance with New York City's mandate, the 24-year-old supermodel shared on her Instagram Story a photo of herself appearing to prepare to receive a vaccine. The pic was posted on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days after the Met Gala, and was dated Aug. 6.

"For anyone concerned," Bella captioned the image, adding a black heart emoji.

The star, one of the most popular supermodels in the world, made no further comment. Bella has attended the Met Gala every year between 2015 and 2019. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Bella's sister and fellow supermodel Gigi Hadid did attend the recent Met Gala on Monday, marking her sixth time there.

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One celebrity who did opt to skip the Met Gala and is unvaccinated against COVID-19 is Nicki Minaj

"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met," the rapper tweeted on Monday afternoon, a few hours before the event. "if I get vaccinated it won't [be] for the Met. It'll be once I feel I've done enough research. I'm working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one."

In addition to Nicki, who has attended the Met Gala five times, other celebs who were anticipated to show up at this year's event but didn't include Blake Lively, Billy Porter and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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The supermodel had attended every Met Gala between 2015 and 2019. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Bella opted not to attend the Met Gala. Following speculation online that she skipped it due to the venue's requirement that all attendees be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the star shared a photo of herself appearing to get ready to receive a vaccine.

Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesBilly Porter

After his standout debut at the 2019 Met Gala, fans had their eyes peeled for the Cinderella star, though he ultimately never showed. While it's unclear why, it seems the actor was still staying up to speed on the evening's fashion, as evidenced by his late-night retweets. 

David Fisher/REX/ShutterstockBlake Lively

She's always a must-see on the Met Gala red carpet, but this year, Blake Lively was nowhere to be found. Perhaps she swapped New York City for Boston, where husband Ryan Reynolds has been recently spotted filming? We might need Gossip Girl to solve  this mystery stat. 

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