Adam Rippon made history, when he became one of the first two openly gay Olympians in U.S. Winter Olympics history. I cannot confirm whether the leather clad, harness tux he wore to the Oscars is a first in red carpet history, but he made headlines nonetheless.
Rippon paused for photographers in a get-up that made the bronze medalist look like he was on his way to Mad Max’s wedding:
Rippon, who has described himself as “America’s Sweetheart,” apparently got the Italian luxury fashion maker Moschino, to agree with him:
#Repost @itsjeremyscott OLYMPIC CHAMPION & AMERICA’S SWEETHEART @adaripp WEARING @moschino ON THE OSCARS RED CARPET ! #adamrippon #oscars #Oscars18 ❤️ https://t.co/qn2J7HYHGM pic.twitter.com/F3JKXNCldP
— Moschino (@Moschino) March 5, 2018
It’s unclear where Moschino is getting their “OLYMPIC CHAMPION” information from, considering Rippon placed 10th in the Winter Games. Nevertheless, fashion icon Tyra Banks seems to think Rippon won the night:
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 4, 2018
Queens always do, my lil princess. pic.twitter.com/T9tGyeb7fw
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 5, 2018
I guess someone gets it. Clad in garments far less scary that Rippon’s, fellow Olympian Mirai Nagasu stopped by for a pic:
— E! News (@enews) March 5, 2018
Some have wondered what Rippon would do after the Olympics. The skater turned down an NBC broadcasting gig and failed, despite repeated efforts, to start a public feud with Vice President Mike Pence.
After Sunday night’s appearance at the Oscar’s, I’m not sure we know the answer to that question. But whatever it is, it looks terrifying.
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