Manicure Moments: An Ode to Billy Porter and His Impeccable Nails

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If you’re like us, Billy Porter has left you with some major mani envy.

From his velvet tuxedo jacket and sweeping ball gown at the 2019 Oscars to his figure-hugging crystal-encrusted jumpsuit paired with a brimmed hat at the Grammys this year, Billy Porter has become one of the most watched stars on the red carpet – his fluid and larger-than-life sartorial choices continuously spark discussions around identity and gender norms, and the same applies to his nails.

“My team has been doing his nails for big events for a while,” reveals CND’s co-founder Jan Arnold. “I love his approach because he’s like, ‘I’m a man, I love to wear skirts, but I like “boy” nails. Give me nails that are like armour.’ We usually do metallics, and we’ve also done pavé crystals on him.” Ultimately, one could easily say that the Broadway performer and screen actor has become a refreshing style trailblazer. “He’s the perfect kind of icon for how men can embrace and wear nail art because his nails never look wrong,” says Arnold. “They fit exactly the statement he’s making.”

Click through the gallery below to see some of our favourite Billy Porter nail moments:

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