Dark times call for leaders to show us how to be our best selves–to lead us through the muck and mire to a place of self-actualized lack of f**ks.
Tony Award-winning actor and Pose star Billy Porter is that leader.
In case you’ve been living in Plato’s cave all week, Monday night was the Met Gala, the annual themed celebration of fashion where most celebrities show up looking pretty and boring, and a precious few take the theme is to heart and turn up looking absolutely bonkers, in the best possible way.
This year’s theme was “Camp,” the celebration of the over-the-top, the “ridiculous on purpose,” a love note to artifice. (Vox has a great explanation of the aesthetic here.)
And on a night when plenty of people went balls to the wall, Billy Porter indisputably won the night. He didn’t show up and show out. He showed us all how to live.
The Category Is: Old Testament Realness.
Creative Direction and Styling for all by @sammyratelle
Make-Up by: @lasonyagunter⠀
Custom Look: @theblondsny⠀
Custom Shoes: @giuseppezanotti⠀
Jewelry by: @oscarheyman #andreoli @johnhardyjewlery @mordekaiofficial ⠀#MetGala2019 pic.twitter.com/uNLWpeZjYq
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) May 7, 2019
Aside from being encrusted in gold from head to toe, BILLY PORTER WAS CARRIED DOWN THE RED CARPET BY A RETINUE OF HALF-NAKED MEN.
This is an entrance that ASKS👏QUESTIONS👏AND GIVES👏ANSWERS👏 Specifically: “Who are you? Are you me? No? THEN YOU DON’T MATTER.”
It is a mood, it is “goals,” it is everything we need all day every day.
It has the power to change lives.
1. To exuberantly exceed all expectations
2. To teach the children
— ESSENCE (@Essence) May 6, 2019
Billy Porter has single-handedly healed all of my mental illnesses. I’m cured! And, apparently I’m not alone, because as so often happens with iconic moments like these, Porter’s entrance has been turned into the self-care meme we all desperately need.
So if you’re struggling, well: pop a bit of Vitamin Billy Porter.
Crushing anxiety? Vitamin Billy Porter.
Student loans in default? Vitamin Billy Porter.
Drowning in the despair inherent to living through the collapse of society and witnessing the slow-motion death of an entire planet, watching helplessly as annihilation creeps ever closer?
Vitamin. Billy. Porter.
Let the internet show you how it’s done:
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The Met Gala last night plus the New Moon couldn’t have had better time. Seeing all those black and brown LGBTQIA+ faces living loud and authentically should leave us all feeling inspired. They honored so many looks from past and really paid homage ancestors who paved the way for us to exist as ourselves. ———————————————————————— Today I charge you to honor your personal ancestors in whatever way suits you. I personally will prepare food they like, give them liquor or snacks they like and simply just talk to them. #metgala #metball
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Billy Porter is healing hearts and minds in this year of our Lord Billy Porter 2019, and it’s the best thing to ever happen to any of us. Amen.