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Billy Porter Is The Dapper Dandy We Need Right Now

By Mieka Strawhorn | TV | November 29, 2018 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | TV | November 29, 2018 |


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Billy Porter is a lot of things. He’s an actor, currently starring as Pray Tell, the sharp-tongued MC on Ryan Murphy’s Pose, a role for which he was recently awarded Performance Of The Year for the Out 100. He’s a Tony award winning Broadway star, having made his Broadway debut in 1991 in Miss Saigon and going on to play roles in the 1994 revival of Grease (as Teen Angel, blowing my wig right off when I watched this clip of him on Jay Leno), Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, Angels in America, and dozens more to boot. Speaking of boots, he originated the role of Lola in Kinky Boots for which he won a Tony. Billy’s also a playwright and a recording artist. But you can stand on any street corner in New York or LA and hit one, if not all of those, in single lob. The thing that Billy Porter is that you don’t find too often these days is a mother fucking dandy. And I mean that in the best possible way. Just take a look at the ensemble he wore last night as he performed at the Christmas at Rockefeller show.

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Did ya'll watch last night's telecast of Christmas at Rockefeller? It was such an incredible night. I had the pleasure of singing 'This Christmas' originally sung by one of my favorite artists, Donny Hathaway and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' by the one and only Judy Garland. But you know….we re-worked out some chords and brought out the soul children! Thank you all for watching! Happy Holidays! ⠀ ⠀ Style by @rrrcreative / @sammyratelle⠀ Grooming: @lasonyagunter Coat, Top and Pants by @isseymiyakeusa ⠀ Shoes by @giuseppezanotti ⠀ Hat by @esenshel ⠀ Diamonds by @oscarheyman ⠀ Gloves by @wingweftgloves ⠀ Eyewear by @native_ken ⠀ ⠀ Photo by Virginia Sherwood ⠀ ⠀

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I mean it’s the lid (Billy Porter loves to rock a lid), the spotless satin gloves, the knit on knit on knit, and all in white so bright the front row probably had to wear shades. It’s rakish, audacious, unexpected and wildly impractical. That’s because it’s fashion, dahling! And when it comes to fashion, Billy does not come to play. Or rather, he does, and that’s what makes it so much fun.

Masculine, feminine, chic, sporty, sophisticated and funky; Billy calls those Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, who knows what could happen!

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She's a COVERGIRL @outmagazine - thank you for including me in your OUT 100 list. I am honored to be on an LGBTQAI+ publication as my very first cover feature. You guys are my home. It's been a long time coming children, but WE HAVE ARRIVED. Visit out.com for the full list or pick up a copy at a newsstand near you December 4th. ⠀ ⠀ Photography: @martinschoeller⠀ Grooming: @lasonyagunter Words: @rkurtosenlund⠀ Styling: @brandonmgarr⠀ Executive Editor: @rkurtosenlund⠀ ⠀ Coat by @bottegaveneta Sweater by @louisvuitton Eyewear by @native_ken

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She's a COVERGIRL @outmagazine - thank you for including me in your OUT 100 list. I am honored to be on an LGBTQAI+ publication as my very first cover feature. You guys are my home. It's been a long time coming children, but WE HAVE ARRIVED. Visit out.com for the full list or pick up a copy at a newsstand near you December 4th. ⠀ ⠀ Photography: @martinschoeller⠀ Grooming: @lasonyagunter Words: @rkurtosenlund⠀ Styling: @brandonmgarr⠀ Executive Editor: @rkurtosenlund⠀ ⠀ Coat by @csiriano Shirt and Pants by @mrturk

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Who else is putting together pinstripe culottes with a Lanvin feather brooch?

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The annual @outfest LEGACY AWARDS serve as the key fundraiser for Outfest @ucla Legacy Project, a preservation initiative in conjunction with @uclaftarchive. ⠀ ⠀ Style: @rrrcreative / @sammyratelle ⠀ Jacket and Pants: @rinatbrodach ⠀ Shirt: @drivesvannoten ⠀ Brooch: @lanvinofficial ⠀ Boots: @rickowensonline ⠀ Eyewear: @native_ken

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How about windshield sized sunnies, a silk blouse you were going to buy for your mom until you looked at the pricetag, and a scarf that’s worth the trip to Paris.

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A little behind the scenes action at our recent shoot for @variety - out August 14th. Did you know purple is my favorite color? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Photography: @shaunagoodgold⠀ Styling: @rrrcreative #rrrcreative⠀ Glam: @lasonyagunter⠀ Shirt: @heike_ny⠀ Scarf: @trinaturk⠀ Jewelry: @oscarheyman Sunnies: @native_ken .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #men #menswear #billyporter #fashion #style #mensfashion #fblog #stylegram #instastyle #gaystyle #styleinspo #styleblog #streetstyle #nycstyle #LAstyle #igstyle #igfashion #variety #bts #behindthescenes

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Excuse me, did you say something? It better have been a compliment.

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Serving this incredible lewk by @rinatbrodash at @rosie’s @rtkids Gala. We’ve made some incredible progress this week. We have to think about our children, children! Visit rosiestheaterkids.org for more information on how to get involved… Style: @rrrcreative / @sammyratelle⠀ Dress: @rinatbrodash ⠀ Boots: @rickowensofficial ⠀ Eyewear: @native_ken ⠀ ⠀

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Ever wonder what would happen if famed pimp Fillmore Slim and famed pimp Hugh Hefner had a baby? Well, wonder no more.

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#wbw to Monday night at the @people @entertainmentweekly party with my @poseonfx on @fxnetworks crew. Feeling all these new lewks! . Styling by @rrrcreative Suit: @dolcegabbana Shirt: @damirdomaofficial Hat: @esenshel … . #mensfashion #fashion #nyc #suit #hunty #sleek #onfleek

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Even when it’s wrong, Billy’s rakish panache will have you believing it’s right.

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We went OUT last night in LA children to the @outmagazine OUT 100 Celebration. And it was EVERYTHING. Thank you so much for having me. I had a blast. Make sure to pick up your copy of my cover issue out on newsstands December 4th! ⠀ ⠀ Styling: @rrrcreative / @sammyratelle ⠀ Coat, top, pants: @rinatbrodach⠀ Hat: @gladystamezmillinery⠀ Choker: @eddieborgo⠀ Shoes: @rickowensonline⠀ Eyewear: @native_ken⠀ ⠀

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Obsessed with the Fellini Blazer and Clyde Slim Pants from @mrturk I wore to the @diffanational Emmy Soirree. Thank you so much for having me. I loved hosting such an incredible evening that builds awareness and provides proceeds and resources to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Let's END HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS Stigma. ⠀ ⠀ Shirt: @wooyoungmiofficial⠀ Shoes: @jeanmichelcazabat_⠀ Eyewear: @nativeken ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #men #menswear #billyporter #fashion #style #mensfashion #fblog #stylegram #instastyle #gaystyle #styleinspo #styleblog #streetstyle #nycstyle #LAstyle #igstyle #igfashion #redcarpet #diffa #hollywood #stepandrepeat #servinglooks #blessed

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Billy calls this one “a sensible gender bendy moment” because in Billy’s world, a studded tunic with a Curious George twist makes perfect sense!

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Thank you to @michaelkors, @christopherjayheller & @native_ken for the incredible look I wore to the @glsen #respectawards. You know, just a sensible gender-bendy moment for ya'll. #glsen ⠀ Style: @rrrcreative #rrrcreative⠀ Dress: @michaelkors⠀ Hat: @christopherjayheller ⠀ Eyewear: @native_ken ⠀ ⠀

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So lovely to walk the carpet with my @poseonfx ladies @mjrodriguez7 and @ourladyjay last night at the @GLSEN #RespectAwards supporting #lgbtq & #trans youth! Over 4 in 10 #trans and gender nonconforming students face discrimination at school. Supportive and inclusive policies can help! Find out how by texting GLSEN to 21333. #glsen ⠀ ⠀

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Pappa Pope will hear your confessions now.

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Thank you @rinatbrodach for this fierce suit ensemble I wore to The @paleycenter for Media's 'Paley Honors In Hollywood: A Gala Tribute To Music On Television. LIVING FOR IT. ⠀ ⠀ Styling: @rrrcreative / @sammyratelle Suit: @rinatbrodach ⠀ Shirt: @driesvannoten ⠀ Necklace: @lanvin_official ⠀ Eyewear: @native_ken ⠀ Shoes: @rickowensonline ⠀ ⠀

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Think Billy can’t pull off bulky a statement piece? Poncho, please!

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Turning Heads at the Emmy Nominee @fxnetworks celebration in partnership with @vanityfair. Thank you so much for having me and much love to @lovebinetti for this epic poncho… . . #ryanmurphy #ahs #horror #apocalypse #television #fx #acting #redcarpet #hollywood #creative #design #billyporter #americanhorrorstory #actorslife #chic #fashion #redcarpet #emmys #emmyawards #fabulous

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No matter what’s on the menu, with Billy you always know you’re going to be getting a triple serving of face for dessert.

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The Category Is….WAKANDA REALNESS! Lived my life in this look at the @fxnetworks @vanityfair Emmy Nominee soirée. As always rocking my favorite eyewear designed by my hubby @thesmithsociety for @native_ken. ⠀ ⠀ Style: @rrrcreative #rrrcreative ⠀ Shirt: @heike_ny⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #ryanmurphy #ahs #horror #apocalypse #television #fx #acting #redcarpet #hollywood #indigenousart ⠀ #billyporter #americanhorrorstory #actorslife #chic ⠀ #fashion #redcarpet #emmys #emmyawards #fabulous

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And please don’t let the threads fool you. Underneath it all, Billy is the zaddy of your dreams.

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Nuthin comes between me and my Mr. Turk's #theebillyporter #mrturk #atlantis #cabosanlucas

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Loving these fun swim trunks from @hommesoilcompany founded by @daniel_dugoff of @ddugoff - the trunks are made out of recycled plastic and they donate a portion of proceeds from the brand to ocean conservation and organizations that champion #queer rights. YAS!!! #homoco⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #gay #lgbt #lgbtq #love #posefx #pose #vogue #voguing #broadway #theater #men #menswear #instagay #billyporter #fashion #style #mensfashion #genderfluid #genderqueer #summer #swim #swimwear #swimtrunks #fashiondesign

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This ugly world could use a few more dandies like Billy. My soul is refreshed, renewed and reinvigorated each time I see Billy rocking a new ensemble. And I am thankful that Billy’s moment has arrived, 30 years late, and right on time.

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Giving you FACE behind the scenes at a recent shoot for @variety out this August. Love the body you are in. It's the only one you got! … Photo: @shaunagoodgold Styling: @rrrcreative #stylebyrrr Grooming: @lasonyagunter Top: @heike_ny Necklace: @lanvinofficial Eyewear: @native_ken … … . . #gay #queer #lgbt #lgbtq #children #love #posefx #pose #vogue #voguing #broadway #theater #men #menswear #instagay #billyporter #fashion #style #mensfashion #lanvin #genderfluid #genderqueer #actor #actorslife #mancrushmonday #mcm #chic

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