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Billy Porter: People forget that Jesus wore a dress too. They called them robes, but he wore a dress

The 'Pose' star wowed everyone is his tuxedo dress at the Academy Awards

2019-06-17

Words: Steve Brown

Billy Porter hilariously points out that Jesus wore a dress amid criticism of men wearing dresses.

The Pose and Kinky Boots star – who won a Grammy and Tony for his role as Lola – wowed the world when he turned up at the Academy Awards this year wearing a tuxedo dress, wowing the likes of Glenn Close.

 
 
 
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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. Style by @sammyratelle / @rrrcreative Styling Associate: @ashleymarienyc Grooming by @heyannabee @TheAcademy #AcademyAwards2019 #oscars⁠ ⁠ #oscars2019⁠ ⁠

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Then, at the Met Gala, he stunned everyone by rocking an Egyptian gown and was carried in by semi-clad men – beat that Lady Gaga.

 
 
 
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The Category Is: Old Testament Realness. Thank you @voguemagazine / @chrisjallaire for chatting with us about tonight’s #metgala2019 look. Link in bio . . Creative Director & Stylist for all @sammyratelle for @rrrcreative Agency Styling Assistant: @ashleymarienyc Production Assistant: @estershamailova Custom Look: @theblondsny Custom Shoes: @giuseppezanotti Fine Jewelry: @oscarheyman @andreolifinejewelry @johnhardyjewelry @mordekaiofficial Billy Porter's Make-Up: @lasonyagunter Make-Up Assistant: @mikeyclifton Make-Up provided by: @patmcgrathreal Egyptian Litter & Carrier Designs by: @nicolasputvinski Carriers Make-Up: @facebygoran & @ashleyvictoriamua Mr. Porter's Carriers: @julius_anthony @taureanje @kellenstancil @thejoshdrake @lap_nyc @doniejunior ⠀ Photo by Theo Wargo @gettyimages

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And now, while appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor his back at criticism of men wearing dresses saying if he wants to wear a dress, he can.

He said: “We’ve moved beyond the idea that women wearing pants is a problem. Women wearing pants is powerful, it’s strong, everybody accepts it, and it’s associated with the patriarchy, it’s associated with being male.

“The minute a man puts on a dress it’s disgusting, so what are you saying? Men are strong, women are disgusting? I’m not doing that anymore.

“I’m done with that. I’m a man in a dress and if I feel like wearing a dress, I’m gonna wear one.”

He then added: “You know, people forget that Jesus wore a dress too. They called them robes, but he wore a dress. They wore dresses.”