When you’re a newly minted fashion icon, you can’t just show up to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in any old rags.
“There’s an expectation,” Pose star, red carpet goddess, and Queerty Pride50 honoree Billy Porter told Colbert, “so I have to dress appropriately.”
Decked in gold, Porter talked Colbert through some of his iconic fashion moments of late.
He also had this to say about clothing and gender, and we’d all be wise to perk up our ears:
“I’ve always been into fashion, and I feel like especially when it comes to gender, you know, we’ve moved beyond the idea that women wearing pants is a problem — thank you Katharine Hepburn. 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 going to wear one!”
Watch the full interview below:
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