'Man in a dress' Billy Porter gets nod of approval from Glenn Close, as social media users lose their marbles
While many actresses put their best foot forward in their fashionable gowns at the 2019 Oscars red carpet, it was Billy Porter who stole the show at the event on Sunday.
The 49-year-old singer/actor put on a jaw-dropping display on the big night, proving to the world that life definitely does imitate art.
The 'American Horror Story' actor stunned in a custom made Siriano tuxedo dress, which featured a classic tuxedo top with a sweet ruffled trim and a massive gown waist down. And not only did the world bow down to this ultimate fashion statement, it even managed to get him a nod of approval from Best Actress nominee Glenn Close, reports Daily Mail.
Porter, who was a part of the red carpet fashion team for ABC, was seen interviewing celebrities on the red carpet, when cameras at the venue captured the moment actress Glenn Close caught sight of Billy while she was waiting to be interviewed.
The actress was seen sizing Porter's costume for the day, looking the star up and down before giving a slow nod of approval. And it was in no time that viewers on the internet made the candid moment into a hilarious gif, with comments pouring in from all directions.
I can’t breathe....what is happening here?! 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/d4sCMQDygJ— #NickiWRLDTour - Europe (@saytruuuth) February 25, 2019
"Get you a lover that looks at you the way Glenn Close looks at Billy Porter," quipped one excited tweeter. Others seemed to congratulate the actor for breaking out of the traditional male red carpet rules, with one musing: "Billy Porter single-handedly breaking through the snoozefest that is male fashion on red carpets. Who's doing it like him?"
Porter later told Vogue about his inspiration behind the collaboration with designer Siriano. "I grew up loving fashion, but there was a limit to the ways in which I could express myself. 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," he said.
"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," the star, who has been sporting bold choices throughout the awards season, added.
The 'Kinky Boots' star further explained, "We wanted to play between the masculine and the feminine. This look was interesting because it's not drag. I'm not a drag queen, I'm a man in a dress."
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Walk into the club purse first! On the way to the @vanityfair #oscars2019 after party. What a night! 📸: @santiagraphy Dress: @csiriano Jewels: @oscarheyman Clutch: #vintage Style by @sammyratelle / @rrrcreative Grooming by @heyannabee Styling Associate: @ashleymarienyc Inspo: @bobthedragqueen #academyawards