June 20th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Style Spotlight: How Billy Porter Transcends Fashion Norms
Billy Porter, the Tony award-winning actor and star of FX series ‘Pose’, has proven himself a fashion maven and has broken through stereotypes, gender and fashion norms with his sense of grandiose fashion, on and off the red carpet. Porter told Vogue earlier this year, “I grew up loving fashion, but there was a limit to the ways in which I could express myself.” Eventually, Porter grew into his own and began feeling comfortable expressing himself. “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? … I had the courage to push the status quo. I believe men on the red carpet would love to play more.”
And play, he does. Porter’s unapologetic fashion statements have transcended fashion norms and gender stereotypes, and it’s about time that men begin to have the courage to express themselves in a true light such as Porter. Take a look at 5 of my favorite show-stopping looks from Billy Porter this year and be sure to follow him on Instagram for endless inspiration.
Billy proves the importance of accessorizing at the THE BLONDS fashion show at this year’s NYFW.
Business on the Top, Party on the Bottom
Billy attended the 2019 Academy Awards in a custom made Christian Siriano gown with somewhat of a duel look: a traditional tuxedo on top and a full gown on the bottom.
Vibrantly Bold at the Tony Awards
Billy Porter shut down the 2019 Tony Awards in a vibrant custom Orel Brodt design.
Bold Hues for a Bold Man
Billy shows off his love of color in this David Hart orange suit.
Going for Gold at the Met Gala
And lest we forget this absolute stunner at the 2019 Met Gala.