Billy Porter freed ‘from the bondage of masculinity’ with butterfly tattoos and strapless jumpsuit

Billy Porter in a green jumpsuit with butterfly tattoos
Billy Porter wore a green jumpsuit to the Critics’ Choice Awards 2020

Billy Porter continued his quest to render all other celebrity red carpet looks obsolete while making a profound statement on gender at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2020.

The Poses actor wore seafoam green jumpsuit with ultra-wide legs by designer Hogan McLaughlin, his exposed arms and décolletage covered in hand-painted butterfly tattoos.

Porter explained that the look was inspired “by the free-spiritedness of David Bowie and the 1970’s disco era – my all-time favourite”.

“The category is Fashion Gumby Butterfly Realness,” he wrote on Instagram.

“The hand-painted butterfly tattoos by @heyannabee continue my theme for 2020, which is being released from the bondage of masculinity and flying free.

“Just like the beautiful ladies from @poseonfx, we are often born into one stage of life and then cocoon into an incubation of self-discovery, transformation, and acceptance, ultimately being released into freedom as beautiful creatures.”

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The Category Is: Fashion Gumby Butterfly Realness. 🦋 Today’s @criticschoice custom @hoganmclaughlin look styled by @sammyratelle is inspired by the free-spiritedness of David Bowie and the 1970’s disco era – my all-time favorite. The hand-painted butterfly tattoos by @heyannabee continue my theme for 2020, which is being released from the bondage of masculinity and flying free. Just like the beautiful ladies from @poseonfx, we are often born into one stage of life and then cocoon into an incubation of self-discovery, transformation, and acceptance, ultimately being released into freedom as beautiful creatures. Style by @sammyratelle Grooming and Tattoos by @heyannabee Nails by @nailzbyvee for @cndworld Styling Assistants @ashleydai1, @alexandra.bucokova Wearing custom @hoganmclaughlin of @peoplesrevteam Jewels by @lynn_ban Custom boots by @coach 📸 by @gettyentertainment

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Posing for the cameras at the awards ceremony, Porter told reporters: “I’m not traditional.”

He explained that over the years, he has “spent a lot of time on the masculinity train” being bound by the expectations of his gender.

“The minute I freed myself from it, all of these wonderful things started happening,” he added. “Authenticity is the truth.”

Porter was nominated for best actor in a drama at the Critics’ Choice Awards but lost to Succession‘s Jeremy Strong.

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