Why Indya Moore signed up for Ralph Lauren’s Pride campaign

Pose’s Indya Moore happily accepted a job modelling in Ralph Lauren’s Pride campaign because they identified with the clothes.Actor and activist Moore, who uses they/them pronouns, rose to fame in FX hit series Pose, about New York’s 1980s ballroom sce…

Pose’s Indya Moore happily accepted a job modelling in Ralph Lauren’s Pride campaign because they identified with the clothes.

Actor and activist Moore, who uses they/them pronouns, rose to fame in FX hit series Pose, about New York’s 1980s ballroom scene.

The curly-haired star had previous modelling experience, but since finding fame on the popular show, has landed campaigns for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and now Ralph Lauren.

Showing off the American brand’s We Stand Together T-shirt, which features Ralph Lauren’s signature polo pony given a rainbow makeover, Moore told British Vogue what attracted them to the job.

“I saw clothes that were meant for me and my body,” they said. “It’s hard for corporate businesses to look out for vulnerable communities, because big corporations usually harm them. But Ralph Lauren is not only interested in looking out for the most vulnerable, but doing so in the correct ways. I’m hopeful in the company’s investment.”

Ralph Lauren has partnered with the Stonewall Community Foundation for the project, with a portion of profits going to LGBTQIA+ organisations around the world.

Moore went on to explain the personal reason why they want to help LGBTQIA+ groups.

“I’m at the intersection of marginalised communities, I don’t have a choice but to fight for myself,” they stated. “My existence is at the mercy of the thoughts and opinions people have of me. My rights are compromised because I don’t experience gender in a uniform way.”

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Anna Wintour ‘couldn’t say no’ to Billy Porter’s show-stopping 2019 Met Gala look

Anna Wintour couldn’t turn down Billy Porter’s request to be carried into the 2019 Met Gala by six shirtless men while dressed as an Egyptian sun king.The Vogue editor-in-chief has been the chairwoman of the prestigious fashion event since 1995, and at…

Anna Wintour couldn’t turn down Billy Porter’s request to be carried into the 2019 Met Gala by six shirtless men while dressed as an Egyptian sun king.

The Vogue editor-in-chief has been the chairwoman of the prestigious fashion event since 1995, and attendees are sometimes required to run their outfit choices past her to be approved.

The Pose star previously revealed that he had to ask Wintour for her permission to be carried down the red carpet by six men, while he lay atop the procession wearing a creation by The Blonds which featured 10-foot wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

And in a new interview conducted by Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, he quizzed the 70-year-old on her decision to approve his extravagant outfit.

“I get a lot of emails, a lot of text messages, every single day. I don’t often get an email saying, ‘I would like to arrive at the Met as an Egyptian sun king surrounded by six young men with no shirts on.’ I mean, how could you possibly say no?” she quipped.

Wintour added that the reception from the crowd when Porter arrived was so loud, that it broke a staff member’s phone.

“I don’t know if you know this, but when you arrived, there was such a roar from the crowds across the street that you blew out all the phones that the red carpet team had, and we had to get them new ones,” she told the Like a Boss actor.

“The applause was so loud. It was beyond anything and it was magnificent – such a perfect, fantastic choice for that particular night. It was historic. Congratulations,” Wintour added.

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Billy Porter opens up about playing ‘genderless’ Fairy Godmother in Cinderella remake

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabell…

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.

The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabello, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

In a new interview with Variety Live, the 50-year-old star described his portrayal of the Fairy Godmother as “non-conforming” and explained his decision to play the character gender-free.

“Magic is genderless. We have all these sort of genders that we’ve put on things and it doesn’t actually matter,” Porter stated. “It’s not about sex. It’s not about sexuality. It’s not about gender. It’s about magic. It’s about being somebody’s fairy godmother, father, person, whatever you want to call it. That’s what it’s about.”

Production on the movie at Pinewood Studios near London was shut down last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the Pose star had already completed his work on the film.

Despite remaining secretive over what musical numbers he’s involved in, he did tease fans with small details about his character’s glamorous costume.

“It’s gold and there are pants, there are skirts, there are heels, there are cowl necks and wands and things,” he shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Porter opened up about his upcoming role as the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake, which is also rumoured to be starring Scarlett Johansson as the meek and vulnerable Audrey.

“She’s a fantastic actress and her energy is right,” he gushed. “You need that kind of strong but vulnerable. It’s the dichotomy of that.”

Chris Evans has also reportedly signed up to play Audrey’s abusive dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello, which Porter believes is a great casting decision.

“He’ll be hot, which is sort of what it needs to be. You need to understand why she stays in that abusive relationship,” he stated.

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Billy Porter challenges fans to recreate his Met Gala outfit

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as t…

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.

The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as they self-isolate, and the first task was to emulate his theatrical ensemble from the prestigious fashion event last year.

Porter donned a bejewelled golden Sun God catsuit created by The Blonds, which featured 10-foot gold wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti heeled boots.

The 50-year-old actor set out the rules on Instagram, telling his followers that he was making the challenge difficult to test their DIY skills.

“Using items found ONLY in your house, give me your best recreation of my 2019 @themetgalaofficial lewk (sic) and post a photo or video on your Instagram (grid or story),” he wrote alongside photos of himself on the red carpet at last year’s bash.

“Be CREATIVE and have FUN! Get the whole family involved… I’ll share my favorites! Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with, hennies!”

The Like a Boss star later shared a link to a Vogue.com story about the challenge, which featured some of the entries to Porter’s unique creative task.

“I’m GAGGED over all the incredibly creative and chic responses to the Fashion Challenge! Now you’re all featured in @voguemagazine, divas!” he shared on Twitter. “More challenges to come, hennies!”

The 2020 Met Gala was recently postponed as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected around 488,000 people, with more than 22,000 deaths.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration.

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Billy Porter contemplating launching his own fashion line

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outf…

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.

The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outfit with matching hat for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

However, Porter has now revealed that he’s currently working on incorporating his extravagant style into a new fashion collection.

“I’m working on figuring out what a fashion line would look like,” he told People magazine. “I’m not sure if it will be clothing or accessories. I’m not sure, but it’s on my brain.”

Despite still being undecided on a foray into design, Porter emphasised that whatever he ends up doing will be focused on inspiring confidence amongst his fans.

“It’s not just about what I’m wearing,” the 50-year-old shared. “It’s about how I feel. About how other people feel.”

The actor has a busy year ahead of him, after landing roles as the genderless Fairy Godmother in Camila Cabello’s musical live-action fairy tale movie Cinderella, and as the voice of the man-eating Venus flytrap Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

However, Porter is still focused on the fashion event of the year, the 2020 Met Gala, and revealed he’s already working on his show-stopping ensemble.

“I’m going. I don’t know who or how, but I’m going. We’ve landed on a designer, but that’s all I know right now,” he teased.

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Billy Porter rocks ‘royal’ gold outfit to 2020 Oscars

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous grap…

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.

The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.

He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.

However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.

The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.

“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.

“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.

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Giles Deacon inspired by Kensington Palace when creating Billy Porter’s Oscars outfit

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by…

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.

The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by the British designer, with the look completed with a gold feathered bodice and Jimmy Choo heels.

The idea to include a nod to royalty in the outfit was first dreamed up by Porter’s stylist, Sam Ratelle, who took a tour of the 415-year-old residential palace, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, last year.

He pitched his regal plans to Deacon, and the duo combined a particular room from Kensington Palace into high fashion.

The designer had already used ideas from the palace for previous collections and decided to incorporate details from the Roman-inspired Cupola Room, which features gilded statues and a grand marble dome, into the skirt.

“I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods,” Deacon told The New York Times, adding that he turned the walls of the room into a print that was enlarged for Porter’s skirt.

The fashion star, who designed a wedding dress for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, back in 2017, also told the publication that he felt it was “very poignant to be dressing Billy”.

And Ratelle insisted that his Emmy-winning client isn’t trying to challenge to constraints of gender roles, he’s just merely wearing an artistic creation.

“I don’t see female energy,” he added of the skirt. “I see a dude. I see a dude wearing armour, wearing something that’s artistic and innately couture.”

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Billy Porter rocks motorised hat to 2020 Grammy Awards

Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja E…

Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja East designer Scott Studenberg.

Porter accessorised with a Judith Leiber bag, Alexis Bittar bling, and Coach boots, but it was his matching headgear, made by Sarah Sokol Millinery, which received the most attention, with the item featuring a layer of silver fringe draped across the front that could be opened and closed using a remote control from Smooth Technologies.

Speaking to E! News during the pre-show, Porter’s stylist Sam Ratelle explained that he was inspired to get creative with the 50-year-old’s accessories after seeing Billie Eilish sport a bonnet-style headpiece with veil to the 2019 American Music Awards in November.

“It really originated from the moment Billy had with Billie Eilish at the VMAs. She wore this beautiful Burberry hat, designer tissue and a bonnet with a beekeeper’s net. (Porter) said, ‘I love that hat,’ but he was like, ‘There’s no way I’m covering my face,'” he recalled. “So, I found these incredible hats designed by Scott Studenberg from Baja East, and they have fringe coming down pretty much covering the face and they’re so dramatic.

“There’s a clicker that I’ve been holding as I trail down the carpet and every time he gives me the signal to open the hat then I open the hat.”

Meanwhile, Studenberg took to Instagram to share a string of images of the outfit and noted that he was thrilled with the final ensemble.

“Thank you, @theebillyporter for always welcoming my crazy ideas with objective positivity. All I’ve ever wanted to do is make art, so this is a dream. These moments don’t happen magically. It takes a strong support system, planning and countless hours of hard work and sleepless nights – many times even until the very last minute,” the designer praised.

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Billy Porter makes history as Allure magazine’s first male cover star

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in e…

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.

The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in extravagant outfits by Area and threeASFOUR.

“She’s a cover girl, y’all! I’m so unbelievably excited and proud to be gracing the cover of @allure’s February 2020 “The Art of Beauty” issue! It is such an honour to be the first male to be on the cover in history,” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of his cover. “This is a testament that times can change and are changing. And it happens with visibility. Ya’ll better RUN to newsstands.”

In the accompanying interview for Allure’s February 2020 issue, Porter opened up about his love for fashion and clothes, and joked that when he was younger, his family insisted his taste was too expensive.

“It was always an expression for me. I always wanted to do something different. I always wanted to express myself in my clothes differently. And I always had great taste. And expensive taste. When I was 10, I could walk into a store for my Easter suit and scan the suits, and it would inevitably be the most expensive suit in the store,” he laughed, adding that he was told by his loved ones that he had to get a job so he could afford high fashion.

“I understood they couldn’t give me the s**t I wanted.”

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Billy Porter: ‘My red carpet style is unpredictable’

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awar…

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.

The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year, and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the 2019 Met Gala in May.

While Porter’s eye-catching and dramatic outfit choices for events are met with high praise, the 50-year-old has now revealed he doesn’t have one particular aesthetic.

“I’ve never really thought about defining it. I would say it’s undefinable,” he told WWD. “I don’t even know what it is sometimes. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and I am trying to be as true and as honest to what I feel I want to do at any given time, so unpredictable.”

Porter, who made history in September when he became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series, went on to explain how he and his team start to create his looks by defining what the event is about.

“I’m a very story-oriented person coming from being an actor, so I always try to have a narrative for myself so that there is always a reason and there’s always a point. I want to be a walking piece of art – political art – whenever I can, any time I show up,” Porter shared.

Despite his opulent outfits now becoming infamous, the actor refuses to view himself as a fashion icon.

“I’m going to let other people call me a fashion icon at least for the next couple of years and then I’ll do it myself,” he quipped.

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