Billy Porter is becoming one of the biggest stars in the world, and it’s mostly thanks to his starring role on FX’s Pose and his popular Broadway work.
Porter didn’t disappoint on the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica either when he showed up on the red carpet wearing a striking mini green Hogan McLaughlin gown-like jumpsuit.
The 50-year-old actor wore the jumpsuit with a swarm of butterflies painted over his shoulders and arms.
According to makeup artist Anna Bernabe, the body art had particular meaning for Porter, because his intention was to embrace freedom, and the butterflies represent a personal metamorphosis.
Porter said that the multiple butterflies all over his body symbolize the numerous transformations and rebirths one goes through during a lifetime.
He was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series at the ceremony.
Porter stars at Pray Tell in the critically acclaimed Pose, and the community provided an outlet for drag queens and trans people of color as the AIDS crisis began to decimate them in the New York’s ball culture in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The Best Actor in a Drama Series award ultimately went to Jeremy Strong for his role in HBO’s Succession.