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.