Celebrating Gender Non-Conformist Style in Bold Looks at VMAs

Updated, Aug. 27: This post has been updated.

Gender neutral outfits were trending tonight on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J.

Among the stars to go for a gender non-conforming look? Lil Nas X. The “Old Town Road” rapper sported a sparkly silver suit that looked like something Liberace — the famed pianist known for his flamboyant, campy looks — would have worn. Liberace embraced traditionally female designs, like sequins, crystal embellishments, lace and more details.

Lil Nas X, silver suit, western boots, red carpet, celebrity style, manicure, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019
Lil Nas X
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The singer added some country flair to his look with his footwear: a pair of silver Western boots with a pointed silhouette on a chunky heel.

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A close-up look at Lil Nas X’s shoes.
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Like Lil Nas X, Todrick Hall opted for a shiny silver outfit. The YouTuber wore an astronaut-inspired jumpsuit with white Buffalo London shoes. His hair — a pink ponytail — added another twist from the women’s camp.

Todrick Hall, silver space suit, white work boots, celeb style, pink hair, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019
Todrick Hall
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Todrick Hall, silver space suit, white work boots, celeb style, pink hair, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019, buffalo london
A close-up look at Todrick Hall’s shoes.
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Elsewhere, YouTuber James Charles wore hot pants with an off-the-shoulder white jacket that had bondage-inspired details. The beauty guru accessorized the look with asymmetrical white boots and a sparkly choker.

James Charles, white boots, legs, bootie shorts, celebrity style, blond hair, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019
James Charles
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Jonathan Van Ness of “Queer Eye” fame opted for satinlike black pumps with a rounded silhouette. The star, who identifies as gender non-binary, is known for a love of heels and often sports them on the reality show. JVN teamed the shoes with an all-black look: a lacy cape and a bodysuit.

Jonathan Van Ness, high heels, pumps, red carpet, heels, cape, bodysuit, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019
Jonathan Van Ness
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Jonathan Van Ness, high heels, pumps, red carpet, heels, cape, bodysuit, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019
A closer look at JVN’s heels.
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Trevor Moran opted for black pumps, too, with a pointed toe and shiny finish. The “X-Factor” alum teamed the heels with a printed minidress.

Trevor Moran, minidress, man in dress, celebrity style, Moschino, high heels, stilettos, pumps, MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Fashion Highlights, Prudential Center, New Jersey, USA - 26 Aug 2019
Trevor Moran
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A close-up shot of Trevor Moran’s black pumps.
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Bobby Lytes arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center, in Newark, N.J2019 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals, Newark, USA - 26 Aug 2019
Bobby Lytes on the MTV VMAS 2019 red carpet.
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“Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Bobby Lytes channeled the late singer Prince on the red carpet, choosing a yellow laser-cut jumpsuit, complete with a cheeky detail — cutouts around the buttocks. The look was finished off with sparkling silver boots.

Prince Derek Doll arrives on the red carpet for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York, USA, 26 August 2019.2019 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, USA - 26 Aug 2019
Prince Derek Doll
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Musician Prince Derek Doll arrived in a bodysuit with sheer panels and a feathered coat. Completing things was a pair of embossed black booties with buckle closures.

Flip through the gallery for more celebrity style at the 2019 MTV VMAs.

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