Here Are The Most Fabulous And Bizarre Costumes From FX’s “Pose”
FX’s hit drama series “Pose” is making history in too many ways to count. The production team has assembled the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series. There is one, white cisgender male supporting star and it shows. The show also boasts the first ever trans woman of color scriptwriter writer. Beyond all these firsts, we get an inside look at what the LGBT staple culture of the late ’80s looked like for Black and Latino queer people, and it’s fabulous.
Balls were the one place LGBTQ people could congregate and truly be themselves, or whoever they wanted to be. Contestants often belonged to ‘houses’ with head ‘mothers’ and competed for prizes. Often the ‘category’ of a walk would be “weather girl” or “working man”, with the goal to “pass” as cisgender and be accepted in society. More often, the categories were just purely bizarre and fun.
The Category is Royal Family
The opening scene of the entire series shows us the esteemed House of Abundance as they prepare to rob a museum of its Victorian-era regalia worn by actual royalty. Rumors in the ballroom community are that this actually happened, and everyone got away with it because the museum was too homophobic to press charges and get ‘negative’ press.
The Category is Best Mother
Meet Elektra Abundance, played by Dominique Jackson, and Mother of the House of Abundance. She wins this title year after year with no competition, literally. In the community, she’s revered for being able to completely pass as cisgender.
Meet the competition, Ms. Blanca Evangelista
Boricua Blanca leaves Elektra’s house to start her own after she discovers she’s HIV positive. Her ‘children’ begged her not to compete against Elektra. Her response? “I’ve felt the wind at my face all my life; I know when it’s at my back.” Never question your mother.
Pray Tell is our eloquent emcee.
Let the record show that this show is set in 1987-88, and his character designs all his own clothes. But because of homophobia, he wouldn’t have made it as a fashion designer. Instead, he’s revered in the community and leader of all balls.
The Category Is Best Dressed, High Class, In A Fur Coat
He’s serving us Billy Dean, “mascul-tint-ity” and “butch queen realness.” This look earned him a spot at the House of Evangelista, baby.
The Category is Snow Ball
Angel walks out at every ball looking like she fell from heaven. She’s a Snow Belle.
The Category is Butch Queen
He didn’t even bother putting on a costume, and he won. The satire of this entire show is that the costumes people are putting on are the ones that the hetero world made. Everyone is in costume, trying to pass.
The Category is Weather Girl
When Puerto Rican beauty, Angel Evangelista, played by Indya Moore, stepped out into this category, the emcee changed the name of the game. “This category is realness. Bring it like a weather girl. Who will show up? Whether it be rain or shine, who is real enough to be on channel 9? Oh, Ms. Angel, this category used to be for the juicy girls, but not tonight.”
9. The Category is Labels
No knock-offs allowed in here, just pure realness. This is all our favorite look of Elektra’s. She just received her gender affirming surgery and is looking fresh and happy as hell.
The Category is Intergalactic Best-Dressed
“Quarter grapefruit, quarter gingerbread man and totally out of his miiind.” He’s from the depths of the sea. Is he here for business or pleasure? We don’t want to find out, darlings.
Meet The “All-Seeing, All-Knowing Twizzler Licorice Realness”
“I don’t know what she’s invoking, but I’m totally spellbound,” says Pray Tell.
She’s a “Dipsy Doodle Big B**ch Tag”
Okay, I don’t know what this means but even Pray Tell admits, “That’s a bold move, and we love you for it, b**ch.”
Madeline Meets Mime
Moving past how terrifying it would be to meet an alien that was this creepy, can we acknowledge the beauty in the details? We’re waiting to meet the costume designer when she gets her Nobel Peace Prize.
The Category is Face
You can’t buy this category. You’re born into it. Angel wins this category every single time, because, well, that face is flawless. You’ve been blessed, Indya Moore.
The Category is ‘You About to Get Reamed By Elektra’
After Elektra gets her vaginoplasty, her sugar daddy becomes disgusted with her and abandons her. Her value as a sex object plummets and she’s forced to find another way to make a living. As viewers, it was tragic to see Elektra return to stripping, and glorious when we saw Blanca take her in.
Elektra returns to the balls and gives all the ‘children’ who abandoned her a run for their money.
The Category is Mother-Daughter Realness
Each mother had to introduce her daughter at a Debutante Ball, and they better be wearing spring colors. Ms. Angel is pure Peppermint Patty Perfection.
Elektra almost always relies on her physical beauty and style to win.
At different points, the judges will take a magnifying glass to look at contestants skin. How soft are they? How ‘real’ are they?
Others earn points for vogueing.
Check it: only the lining touches the ground. That’s a move.
The Category is Working Girl
The beauty of this category is that FX’s Pose truly is giving the LGBTQ community working jobs to be exactly who they are, representing their community accurately. We’re here for that.
We rate Pose 10 out of 10.
The execution, the message, the costumes, the representation, todo de todo. Check it out on FX, Google Play or the Apple Store the first chance you get. It’s all the LGBT Latinx realness we need.