Elliot Page walked his first red carpet since transitioning & his outfit was the talk of Twitter

Elliot Page walks the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala
Elliot Page walks the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala Photo: Screenshot

Actor Elliot Page stole the limelight at the Met Gala last night when he walked the red carpet for the first time since announcing his transition.

Page wore a simple black Balenciaga tuxedo with clunky black sneakers, but his one adornment quickly became the talk of Twitter.

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Page sported a green rose on his lapel, drawing comparisons to gay icon Oscar Wilde online. Wilde frequently wore a green carnation, making it a brief symbol of gay (in)visibility in the late 1800s after he asked his friends to wear one to one of his plays.

Page didn’t comment on his choice of flower, but that didn’t stop some fans from insisting it was a deliberate symbol of Pride – albeit a minor and obscure one. Several trans men also pointed out that the fit of his jacket was off because it’s difficult to find ones that fit correctly.

He became a star through the hit 2007 film Juno, for which he got an Oscar nomination. He also appeared in the shocking pedophile drama Hard Candy, two X-Men films and the critically-acclaimed Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. In the series, he plays Vanya Hargreeves, a violinist with a destructive power to control sound waves.

But even though Page knew he was a boy since age nine, it took the pandemic for him to transition.

“There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress and speak,” he explained after coming out. “And they serve no one.”

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