Local choreographer and television personality, Somizi Mhlongo, says American stage performer, pop singer, and actor, Billy Porter, stole his look.
He says he inspired the dramatic Oscar 2019 look that was worn by American actor.
On the red carpet, Billy Porter wore a tailored Christian Siriano tuxedo jacket with a full-skirted strapless velvet gown.
The look quickly broke the internet and made Billy an instant Oscar 2019 fave with almost every major personality, media house, fans and the general public around the world reposting images of him in the tuxedo dress.
“My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up,” he says about the ensemble. “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.” – Billy describes the look as his way of making a political statement.
“I’ve always wanted to wear a ball gown, I just didn’t know when…We wanted to play between the masculine and the feminine. This look was interesting because it’s not drag. I’m not a drag queen, I’m a man in a dress. He came up with a tux on the top, and a ballgown that bursts out at the bottom. I wore it with Rick Owens shoes. Rick is very gender-bending and rock’n’roll. It’s a high, 6-inch chunky boot that makes me feel really grounded. And I rocked some Oscar Heyman fine jewelry with it,” he told Vogue.
“Woooooo shemmmm I’m a trend blazer and setter. Bi#th stole my look. And he stole good. This is super amazing. Billy Porter,” Somizi took to Instagram to say he was ahead of Billy this time.
SomGaga was referring to his 2018 Feather Awards look. The Metro FM presenter wore a tuxedo dress look last year November at the Feather awards.
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