Everything about Mona Patel who dazzled at the 2024 MET Gala

The 2024 MET Gala was a resounding success, but the Indian media had their eye on one particular name Mona Patel. The Indian-origin entrepreneur surprised everyone at the elite fashion meeting with her performance in a creation by Iris Van Herpen. So, who is Mona Patel and why is she so famous?

Before we delve into Mona Patel’s history as a successful fashion icon and businesswoman who also advocates for girls’ education, let’s first know about her unforgettable MET Gala debut in 2024.

Mona Patel arrived on the red carpet of the 2024 MET Gala in a beautiful butterfly dress, stunning attendees and sending social media into a frenzy.

Her form-fitting dress perfectly matched the theme of the Costume Institute’s exhibition ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’ and the dress code ‘The Garden of Time’ with its scalloped train and 3D kinetic butterflies on her arms. The butterflies opened and closed their wings with the help of a motor hidden inside.

Celebrity stylist Law Roach worked on Patel’s dress in India, where jewelry was chosen for it in Mumbai. Kinetic movement artist Casey Curran worked on the concept of fluttering butterflies, Patel’s idea. It was truly a perfect representation of fashion and technology together.

Who is Mona Patel – the Indian fashion icon and entrepreneur who dazzled at Met Gala 2024?

Mona Patel started dressing like a boy because of patriarchy

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Patel was born and raised in Vadodara, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. On her official website, Patel mentioned that girls in India face inequalities and challenges from an early age.

“Women were expected to be domesticated and only men were encouraged to thrive and pursue ambitious careers,” she writes.

She faced the same challenges. She claimed she was told things like impact sports were for boys and not for girls like her. Due to patriarchal pressure, Patel got a boy’s haircut and started dressing like a boy at the age of 12.

“For me, this hairstyle was more than a cosmetic change; it was an act of rebellion and a symbol of self-empowerment,” she writes.

She did her higher education in the US

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Mona Patel left India to study at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

“I wanted to experience life outside India and create the life I always dreamed of, in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Patel wrote on her website.

One of the reasons she chose Rutgers University was because she had an aunt who lived nearby.

Patel has said she struggled as an immigrant unfamiliar with America’s customs and cultural barriers.

She returned to India before returning to the US

After studying at Rutgers, Mona Patel returned to India to complete her bachelor’s degree. Reports suggest that she has completed her studies from Gujarat University.

She was 22 years old when she decided to move back to the US, this time for good, to pursue her entrepreneurial ambitions.

“I packed three large suitcases with most of my prized possessions and moved from India to Dallas, Texas,” Patel mentioned on her website.

She earned a degree after returning to the US. According to ForbesPatel currently resides in Florida.

Mona Patel founded eight companies in the US

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According to Patel’s website, she has founded eight companies in industries including healthcare, technology and real estate.

Her first company was launched in 2006. Her website states that her companies employ more than 100 people worldwide and have created more than $100 million in business value. This means that Mona Patel’s net worth could be in millions of dollars, but there is no confirmed figure.

Due to her success as an entrepreneur, Patel was recognized as one of the Forbes 100 honorees. In 2021, she completed Stanford University’s executive program and a year later attended Harvard Business School.

Her Instagram account also states that she is an alum of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She is married to Dr. Chintan Desai

Image credit: Mona Patel/@hautemona/Instagram

Mona Patel is also married to Dr. Chintan Desai, the physician and founder of CareFirst Imaging. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the president of the Florida Radiological Society.

In an interview with Spirit and Flesh Magazine in 2020, Patel described their wedding ceremony as a “sunset wedding on the beach with a sand ceremony and just two guests – my brother and sister.”

In the same interview where she described the US, she said that “the lifestyle here is definitely very different from India and “it has its pros and cons.”

She runs the nonprofit Couture for Cause

Mona Patel is also known for her work to empower girls through her NGO Couture for Cause. The organization is unique: it combines its philanthropic activities with its love for fashion.

In this way, the NGO auctions unique couture pieces to raise money for charities that align with Patel’s progressive advocacy for gender equality, female entrepreneurship and girls’ education.

(Hero and Featured Images: Courtesy of Mona Patel/@hautemona/Instagram)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– How much is Mona Patel’s net worth?

Mona Patel’s net worth is not clear. Her website states that the companies she has founded have an enterprise value of more than $100 million.