Adam Rippon Wore a Harness, Breaking the Oscars Mold


Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon on the Red Carpet before the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday.

Josh Haner/The New York Times

What happens when a newly minted gay icon kicks off the Oscars red carpet? Pure, unapologetic edge.

Adam Rippon, 28, an Olympic figure skater who was the first out gay American man to compete in the Winter Games, wore a black harness under his tuxedo to the normally buttoned-up event on Sunday night. He also wore a black bow tie and eschewed socks.

The SM-inspired look by Moschino immediately spurred support on social media once photos of the outfit hit the internet.

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