She’s hot and she doesn’t have a care in the world. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova who is in the middle of a doping scandal shone on the MET Gala red carpet and she slayed. The toned athlete wore a slip dress made out of Curve-skimming satin.
We hear that the dress was made by Juan Carlos Obando, a Colombian designer known for his feminine, Latin-inspired slips.
“I love the feel of a simple, beautiful, altered slip dress, and this felt like a new take on a classic,” Sharapova tells Vogue.com. “This was the very first dress I tried on, but it was black. We wanted it to be more vibrant, and [Obando’s] red palette really popped.” While some guests chose to top off their looks with bold, futuristic jewelry, Sharapova opted for a few of Obando’s sleek gold pieces. That’s the beauty of a slip dress—it doesn’t call for much accessorizing at all.
The five-times grand slam champion failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which became a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency code on 1 January this year. Meldonium was banned because it aids oxygen uptake and endurance and several athletes in various international sports have already been caught using it since it was banned.
Sharapova claims the drug was prescribed by her doctor to tackle her health issues. However, Grindeks the manufacturer of the said drug has previously said that taking the drug can provide ‘improvement of work capacity of healthy people at physical and mental overloads’. Some sportsmen believe meldonium boosts the body’s use of the oxygen in the blood, therefore improving physical endurance.
So far, Nike has suspended its relationship, while Porsche and Tag Heuer have cut their ties.
Ms Sharapova said she had been taking meldonium since 2006, on the advice of her family doctor. She is one of the highest paid female athletes with earnings of over $30m last year from winnings and endorsements.