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After performing at the Met Gala, Nelly Korda wants to let the wild grow naturally – with her game

Nelly Korda’s five victories on the LPGA have included many firsts, including Korda’s first spray tan.

“I couldn’t show everyone my nice permanent sock tan,” Korda joked Wednesday ahead of this week’s Cognizant Founders Cup, where Korda will become the first player in LPGA history to win six events in a row.

Two nights earlier, Korda was the guest of Casey Wasserman, CEO of the agency that represents Korda, at the annual Met Gala, a star-studded fundraiser in New York City. It was there that Korda mingled with celebrities from various industries, all showing off the latest from some of the world’s biggest fashion designers.

Attending the prestigious event was a childhood dream come true, says Korda, who revealed she tried on a pair of Oscar de la Renta, chose one and changed to another dress 20 minutes before she had to get ready.

“I had to completely change my entire appearance,” Korda said. “I would go for a long-sleeved dress, so I would put my hair up. Then I saw this amazing red dress and I changed my whole look probably 20 minutes before I started getting ready. I turned it on for everyone.”

Korda then looked at her golf attire.

This is my comfort zone,” she added. “It was really fun to step outside my comfort zone and do something like that. That was the first time I walked the red carpet and walked out with a bang. I think it’s only going to go downhill from here.”

As a self-described “grain of sand in such a big, big room,” Korda said she was especially impressed with Shakira. She also had Jaden Smith come up and introduce himself.

“You’re standing in line to get on the carpet, and it’s like you see all these people that you normally watch on TV shows or movies, and they look like famous singers and you’re in awe the whole time of the stars,” Korda said. “They are the best people watching me. I just sat quietly looking at everyone’s dresses.”

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Korda is trying to stand alone in LPGA history with six wins in as many starts.

Now it’s back to reality for Korda, who is tied with Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam for the LPGA record for consecutive wins. She hasn’t competed since winning the Chevron Championship and has taken the past two weeks off to recharge. She said she got nearly 10 hours of sleep the first few nights at home in Bradenton, Florida, before ramping up her training last week. She also spent some time last weekend at the AJGA event she hosts at Concession Golf Club, capping off a busy break that has given Korda little chance to reflect on the history at stake this week at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey.

“What I thought was crazy was that there was a girl warming up on the track with a TrackMan,” Korda said. “I was like, I don’t remember any of this in junior golf. … It’s pretty incredible and amazing to see how dedicated the girls are at a very, very young age too.

The 25-year-old Korda, who is not that far removed from junior golf, is certainly inspiring all those young girls at the moment. But in her mind she isn’t trying to do anything special.

“I’m just here doing what I love and hopefully that will let the game grow naturally,” Korda said. “I don’t try to impose anything. I hope people see me for who I am, and I love this game and do it in a natural way.

“Ultimately, I think if you perform well in your sport, it gets people’s attention.”

After an evening full of attention with her fashion, Korda lets her clubs have their say again.