The 2021 Met Gala was full of celebrities making impassioned vogue statements and YouTuber NikkieTutorials, aka Nikkie de Jager, took the chance to pay tribute to one of the crucial iconic figures in LGBTQ+ historical past: transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson. Nikkie’s turquoise tulle robe, courtesy of Edwin Oudshoorn Couture, was embellished with pink, pink, and yellow flowers that superbly matched her golden headpieces brimming with handmade plastic flowers, a nod to Marsha’s signature flower crown. Additional down, the gown, styled by Marja Bennenbroek and Brandon M. Garr, was pinned with a big teal and gold bow embroidered with the phrases “Pay It No Thoughts,” the that means behind Marsha’s center preliminary and her typical response to questions on her gender.
“Marsha P. Johnson paved the best way for thus many people, and I hope I made my neighborhood proud tonight.”
“PAY IT NO MIND,” Nikkie captioned an Instagram submit on Sept. 13. “Once I received requested to hitch the Met Gala(!!!!!) I knew I wished to pay homage to a trans icon who was on the forefront of the Stonewall Riots . . . Marsha P. Johnson paved the best way for thus many people, and I hope I made my neighborhood proud tonight 🥺 this evening has been so extremely surreal . . . I am unable to wait to inform you EVERYTHING!!!!!! 💕 WE DID IT GUYS!!!!!!!!”
A vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Marsha was a outstanding determine within the Stonewall rebellion of 1969 and a founding member of the Homosexual Liberation Entrance. On Jan. 13, 2020, Nikkie posted a 17-minute-long video to her YouTube channel titled “I am Coming Out,” during which she got here out as transgender and opened up about her private journey together with her gender and sexuality. “I am unable to imagine I am saying this immediately to all of you for the complete world to see, however rattling, it feels good to lastly do it,” she mentioned within the video, which now has over 37 million views. “It’s time to let go and be really free.”
Many years later, Marsha’s legacy lives on, and influencers like Nikkie proceed to encourage a brand new technology of queer youth. Take a better take a look at her beautiful tulle robe and “Pay It No Thoughts” bow from all angles forward.