The model and reality TV star knew exactly what to say when he became the target of criticism for his very bold red carpet look from Logies.
Christian Wilkins clapped back at a social media troll after he was criticized for wearing a dress for the Logies this year.
The model and reality TV star – who is the son of Nine presenter Richard Wilkins – is known for his glamorous and edgy fashion, which was fully featured on the red carpet during Sunday’s event.
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The 27-year-old received much applause for his see-through, plunging floor dress, but one Twitter user disagreed, writing alongside a photo of him: “STOP normalizing this bulls**t!! ! IT IS NOT NORMAL!!!”
Wilkins retweeted the critique and added a very ironic response: “The manhood ends… burn everything!”
Earlier this year, Wilkins issued a “completely homophobic and misogynistic” media report about the outfit he wore to the opening day of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival.
After stepping out in a dazzling tight pink dress with a cutout, he took to his Instagram Stories to proudly show his resulting appearance in the Daily Telegram‘s Sydney Confidential section with its 29,500 followers.
But he also took the opportunity to Daily mail headline that read: “Dude looks like a lady! Richard Wilkins’ flamboyant son Christian shows off his VERY tight figure in a form-fitting pink mini dress with daring cutouts”.
Back in 2018, speaking with news.com.au podcast balls deepWilkins revealed the difficulty he had in accepting his sexuality in his teens.
“I think I have a lot of confidence, but I think that confidence comes from low self-esteem. I’ve gotten to a point now where I really like myself…but when I was younger…I was a weird, artsy gay kid who didn’t really fit,” he said.
Wilkins opened up his “affinity” with wearing skirts for Nine in 2018, describing pants as “the worst”.
“I’m sure we can all agree, man or woman, there’s no better feeling than coming home and taking your pants off,” he told the publication.
“It relaxes the mind and the feeling of air on the upper thigh provides extreme relief. Yet much of male culture, especially in Australia, seems to reject the urge for the masculine skirt.”
He explained that he had “good memories” of dressing up in his mother’s clothes as a child, or watching the Mardi Gras parade from the balcony of his father’s apartment in Sydney, and “jealousy of all the women in their fancy outfits” – before learning that “many were not, in fact, women”.
Wilkins added, “I’ve continued to wear skirts, black skirts, mini skirts, skirts that make me look like Clueless style icon Cher Horowitz, both for comfort and fashion reasons.
“And also, hoping that if there’s a little kid on the interwebs who also likes skirts, he knows that’s okay — in fact, it’s fantastic.”