Although the look appears understated, Page’s pop of inexperienced is a press release in itself as a logo of queer love, originating from poet Oscar Wilde who typically wore one on his personal lapel.
The inexperienced carnation got here to symbolize queer males because it “embodied the decadent and the unnatural,” in accordance with Oscar Wilde Tours. For Page, the inclusion of such an homage was probably essential after years of disconnect between his public picture and true identification.
“I just never recognized myself,” Page instructed TIME of his prior appearances on purple carpets and journal spreads. “For a long time I could not even look at a photo of myself.”
And whereas individuals are fast to make judgements on the very best dressed on the carpet, Page additionally shared his stance on these “crushing standards” that he was subjected to for therefore lengthy.
“There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress and speak,” he instructed the publication. “And they serve no one.”
On the Met Gala stairs, Page seemed content material and free.
“That smile says it all,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “He is so happy to be himself!”