Billy Porter arrived at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, California, ready to make a statement.
The 50-year-old actor revealed on Instagram that the fashion moment was inspired by the late David Bowie.
In the caption, Porter wrote that the look "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," Porter added.
Porter also told Entertainment Tonight that he wore the butterflies to honor the transgender community.
"The butterflies are a symbol of the transgender community, how you come from the cocoon, you come as one thing, and then you transform into something else," he said. "So I wanted to honor my peeps tonight."
In February 2019, the "Pose" star spoke to Vogue about the importance of sending a message with his red-carpet fashion choices.
"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? Women show up every day in pants, but the minute a man wears a dress, the seas part," he said.