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Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton Photographed the 2015 Met Gala

Ordinary people as celebrities, celebrities as ordinary people.
By Shannon Connellan
May 06, 2015
By Shannon Connellan
May 06, 2015

Yes, Rhianna snuffed Big Bird and made an omelette out of him. Yes, Solange looked like she was wearing a Sliders portal. But there were more than just celebrity fashion moments happening at yesterday's 2015 Met Gala — something only the likes of Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton would make you appreciate. Making ordinary people of celebs and stars out of ordinary people, the HONY photographer took the best snaps of the night; bringing that tried and true human interest formula to the most star-studded event on the damn calendar.

Waiters become stars, pop singers become regular folk. Slam dunk, HONY.


“I tried to prank him one time by putting a tuna fish sandwich in his bedside drawer. But the prank ended up being on both of us because I forgot about it for weeks.”


“There’s a secret addict in me that I’m always trying to tame.”


“I was too hard on my son because I couldn’t understand why he didn’t love to compete as much as I do.”


“I hope to be as selfless as my mother. My father died when I was seven months old. She had to raise five kids on her own, but she made time for all of us. We used to have these days called ‘Mommy Holidays.’ She’d choose a normal school day, wake us up, have us get ready for school, cook breakfast in a hurry, and right before we walked out the door, she’d scream ‘Mommy Holiday!,’ and she’d let us skip school and go somewhere fun.”


“They forced me into having an Instagram.”


"I'm trying to look at my phone less."


“We managed to raise two teenage girls and not get divorced.”


“It was hard to see my father not become all that he wanted to be. He brought my family here from Trinidad. He really believed in the marketing of the American dream, and he thought that he’d become a DJ on the radio. He loved music and had the gift of gab. But he didn’t understand the system and he came too late in life to make the proper connections. So he ended up using his gift of gab to sell cars.”


“What’s your favorite thing about each other?”

“We’re fine with just a picture, thanks.”

Images: Brandon Stanton/Vogue.

Published on May 06, 2015 by Shannon Connellan
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