If there is a legit head turner in this year’s Academy Awards red carpet, it’s Billy Porter. He strutted the red carpet as he made THE statement.
Billy Porter, star of ‘Pose’, turns head as he sports his custom-made Christian Siriano tuxedo gown. His unique style has made the internet happy as it becomes a top trend on Twitter and Google Sunday night.
“When you’re black, and you’re gay, one’s masculinity is in question. I dealt with a lot of homophobia in relation to my clothing choices. [Even] when I had my first working contract at A&M Records, I was silent for a long time,” Porter, 49, revealed to Vogue, noting his role in “Kinky Boots” really helped ground him.
“My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up. To challenge expectations.”
“Now I’m in a space where, being on Pose, I’m invited to red carpets, and I have something to say through clothes. My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up. To challenge expectations. What is masculinity? What does that mean? Women show up every day in pants, but the minute a man wears a dress, the seas part,” he later added.
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The outfit of Billy Porter has instantly become the talk of the town. I mean, the world!
“Billy Porter just set the bar impossibly high for #Oscars fashion,” one user commented.
Christian Siriano, the designer who designed Billy Porter’s iconic outfit also tweeted about the said tuxedo-gown.
In a post on Instagram, Porter thanked Christian Siriano for creating the masterpiece for him last Sunday, a few hours before the Oscars officially start.
“When you come to the Oscars, you must dress up. Thanks, @csiriano for creating this custom couture masterpiece. @oscarheyman you have outdone yourselves once again with your iconic jewels,” he captioned the image, which garnered more than 65,000 likes within just one hour.
“I’ve always wanted to wear a ball gown; I just didn’t know when. I was inspired [this past New York Fashion Week] because there’s a conversation happening about inclusion and diversity. There were so many people of different races and voices,” he told Vogue in an interview.