'Queer Eye's' Jonathan Van Ness Wears A Dress On The Red Carpet, Claps Back At Haters

"I look ... stunning."

Jonathan Van Ness and the rest of the Fab Five of Queer Eye stepped out on the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys red carpet before taking home three wins for the reality TV show.

All of the cast members used the red carpet to celebrate their individual styles with Van Ness choosing to wear a black dress with a long-sleeved sheer top, embellished skirt, and chunky black boots.

He later posted a red carpet photo of the outfit on Instagram and wrote, "We absolutely came to slay this lewk & f*ck a gender norm, biggest congrats to the @queereye family on our wins!"


It wasn't the first time he wore a dress on the red carpet, but it was still a standout look. Many fans approved of his fierce ensemble, but there were some trolls who lashed out with transphobic comments. Van Ness was quick to shut them down however. The Comments by Celebs Instagram account captured one such moment when Van Ness responded to a commenter who compared him to a Despicable Me 3 character. 

"I look f*cking stunning and my name is Jonathan, snap chat filter using on your Insta tiny circle private profile having self."

When a commenter suggested he "lighten up" and "learn to laugh at himself" Van Ness responded, "Dang love I wish you had a clue about what it's like."

He also made it clear about the implication of the comments and why he shouldn't be laughing at them. "Also I love all these transphobic comments in here. 'The guy in a dress' is insulting and for anyone that doesn't see the implications is blind. F*cking rude people I'm too tired."

Other users also came to the Queer Eye star's defense.

"I love [you] for what you stand for. You're amazing," one Instagrammer stated

"Looking amazing! @jvn thanks for being you," wrote another.

Van Ness's comments come after Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale hit back at critics who trolled him for wearing a dress in June.

These kinds of messages from celebrities with such large platforms (Van Ness has 2.5 million followers) are so important because of their widespread impact. So many people, particularly those who are gender nonconforming, may not feel fully comfortable expressing themselves in all environments. But seeing celebrities demand acceptance and respect for being exactly who they are sends an inspiring message that it's OK to be yourself— whether it's on a red carpet, on social media, or elsewhere.

And that you should be able to do it without receiving hate. 

Van Ness's comments show that no one should have to dull their sparkle for the sake of someone's negative comments or narrow-minded stereotypes. His message will hopefully be remembered as much as his fabulous look.

(H/T: Harper's Bazaar)

Cover Image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock


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