Billy Porter Shut Down Criticism of the Dress He Wore on Sesame Street
"Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine."
Red carpet or not, there was never a doubt the Billy Porter would bring a complete look to this year's Emmy Awards. After all, this is the man who's offered up a hat with a mechanical curtain, a tuxedo gown, an angelic feathered train, and butterfly temporary tattoo sleeves. For tonight's big event, Porter gave Instagram an exclusive first look at his ensemble — the social media platform was sure to tease it before the actual show.
The final look included a tailored white jacket overlaid with a dramatic, draped white sash. Though Instagram didn't reveal who the designer behind the outfit, Porter noted that he uses his personal style as a way to free himself from expectations.
"I would describe my style as free. I've worked a long time to find a space where I don’t care what other people think about me. That' a real interesting and hard place to get to," he said. "I'm there. I'm free."
And now for the look you’ve been waiting for... it’s actor Billy Porter (@theebillyporter), a dynamic force. He made history last year as the first openly gay Black man to win best lead actor in a drama at the Emmy Awards. This year, he’s been nominated again for his work as the character Pray Tell on the TV show “Pose.” “Never in a million years, as a gay Black man who came out in the 80s during the AIDS crisis, did I imagine that a show like ‘Pose’ and a character like Pray Tell could exist,” says Billy, who is known to make a statement through perspective and style. “I would describe my style as free. I’ve worked a long time to find a space where I don’t care what other people think about me. That’s a real interesting and hard place to get to,” says Billy. “I’m there. I’m free.” Cheer on Billy and the other amazing nominees at the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards (@televisionacad). Photo of @theebillyporter by @luckychurch
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Porter is nominated for his role in Pose. According to Instagram, Porter was the first openly gay Black man to win Best Lead Actor in a Drama last year's event.
"Never in a million years, as a gay Black man who came out in the '80s during the AIDS crisis, did I imagine that a show like Pose and a character like Pray Tell could exist," Poter added.