I Got Drunk at the Sesame Street Gala and Met Cookie Monster

When you’re an aspiring journalist/writer/reporter/editor/media person, you’ll take whatever job comes your way. Some of those jobs are red carpet reporting at galas, movies premieres, fashion week parties—you get the idea. It sounds so much fancier than it actually is. It’s the kind of scene that leaves you contemplating your self-worth as you head back to your apartment across from a U-Haul depot. I know this, because I used to do this.

Luckily, I work for VICE now, and we don’t give a shit whether or not Barbara Walters had plastic surgery. Since I gave up those morally deprecating days, I’ve managed to  ignored any red carpet invites from publicists and avoid all the rich people who say “GEY-luh” instead of “gal-uh"—until I got invited to the Sesame Street gala last week. I wanted to go, because I wanted to know Cookie Monster’s weight-loss secrets given his obvious issues with gluttony. And what did Elmo think of Katy Perry’s tits?

I grabbed our Photo Editor, Matthew Leifheit, and headed to Cipriani’s in Midtown, New York. I can’t lie; I was excited, but I knew what was in store: Yes, we’d get to go to a really fancy party with really fancy people in really fancy clothes, but depending on the publicist working that night, we potentially risked trespassing charges, if we walked past the velvet ropes. 



Go East - Inspired by 17th-century Chinese fashion imagery and up-coming MET Gala exhibition ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’: model: Fei Fei Sun - photographer: Steven Meisel - fashion editor: Grace Coddington - hair: Guido Palau - make-up: Pat McGrath - Vogue May 2015

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