Billy Porter wore a custom jumpsuit that looks like a gown on the red carpet


Billy Porter arrived at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, California, ready to make a statement.

While photos from the event make it look as if Porter was wearing a two-toned green gown, the "Pose" star actually donned a custom Hogan McLaughlin jumpsuit for the awards show.

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Billy Porter wore a custom Hogan McLaughlin jumpsuit at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards.
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Porter accessorized the jumpsuit with Lynn Ban jewelry and custom white platform boots by Coach. His chest and arms were also covered in hand-painted butterfly tattoos.

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Billy Porter had butterflies across his chest and arms as a symbol for the transgender community.
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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.