Lena Waithe feels a "duty" to wear something that "reflects" her beliefs on the red carpet because there are so many "eyeballs" on her.
The 35-year-old screenwriter, actress and producer chooses to work closely with designers who use fashion as a "weapon", highlighting the rainbow cape - which was a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements - she wore to last year's Met Gala.
She said: "On the red carpet, there's so much press and so many eyeballs on you that I feel like it's my duty to wear something that reflects my beliefs.
"It's a reflection of the designers' beliefs too: for last year's Met Gala, I wore a Carolina Herrera rainbow cape by Wes Gordon and this year I wore Pyer Moss. Those designers know how to use fashion as a weapon."
And Lena loves that her style can be a "fashion and political" statement.