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Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese walks the red carpet at the Met Gala

Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese made a surprise appearance on the Met Gala red carpet on Monday, the only WNBA player to attend the high fashion event.

Reese – who the Sky traded up to select No. 7 in this year’s WNBA draft – wore Marco Capaldo 16Arlington. The gala also served as a birthday event for the rookie, who turned 22 on Monday.

This isn’t Reese’s first foray into the fashion world; she’s spent a lot of time off the court modeling, went to her first preseason game with Chanel and Balenciaga, and announced her decision to declare for the WNBA draft in Vogue magazine.

The Met Gala is an annual charity event to raise money for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s gala had the theme ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’ with the dress code ‘The Garden of Time’.

Reese attended part of the Sky training in Deerfield, Illinois, on Monday morning before leaving early to board a private jet to New York City for the event.

Fellow rookie Kamilla Cardoso similarly left Monday’s practice to attend the Indianapolis premiere of the Netflix docuseries “Full Court Press,” which followed Cardoso, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and UCLA’s Kiki Rice during the NCAA women’s basketball season 2023-2024. But the Sky announced Monday night that Cardoso will be sidelined for four to six weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in the May 3 game against Minnesota.

The rookies return to Chicago in time for Tuesday’s game against the New York Liberty, which will give fans their first chance to see Reese play in Chicago (and on WNBA League Pass). But this frenetic turnaround reflects a new reality for the rising stars of the 2024 WNBA draft class, who face unprecedented fame after a celebrated collegiate season.

It’s a work-life balance that Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon hopes to support throughout the season for rookies and veterans alike.

“There were things ready for them that we thought were really important for them to be a part of,” Weatherspoon said. “That’s something they earned and that’s never something we would ever take away.”

Sky minority owner Dwyane Wade also attended the Met Gala event with his wife Gabrielle Union.