Johnny Weir is not afraid to be himself. Being himself means making bold fashion choices every single day, even while he serves as an openly gay former figure skater and current NBC analyst in anti-gay Russia.
(Sochi problems? Yep. Their anti-gay law is one of them.)
Johnny Weir has made as much a name for himself for his fashion choices on various red carpets as he has for his style and performances on the ice. He's brought that style with him to Sochi.
Here are some of his top styles from the past several years as well as a glimpse of his looks in Sochi.
1. Johnny Weir Figure Skating
Johnny Weir in an American figure skater and openly gay. He is a two-time Olympian.
2. Johnny Weir Instagram Photo
Johnny Weir continues his fashion-forward looks while serving as a figure skating analyst in Sochi. He says he's not making a statement about being gay, just being himself.
3. Johnny Weir Instagram
Johnny Weir is serving as a figure skating analyst for NBC during the Sochi Olympics. He's making a splash with his unique sense of style!
4. Johnny Weir Contagion
Johnny Weir attends the premiere for the movie Contagion. The real question is whether or not his fashion sense is contagious.
5. Johnny Weir Premiere
Johnny Weir attends a movie premiere. He's added a chic streak of green to his hair.
6. Johnny Weir Loafers
Johnny Weir wears a fur and studded loafers while attending an event. And he makes time to check his messages, too!
7. Johnny Weir Macy's Parade
Johnny Weir participated in the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Let's call this Mad Hatter Chic!
8. Johnny Weir Red Carpet
Johnny Weir's red carpet attire is as heavily discussed as his figure skating! He's always put together!
9. Johnny Weir Fur
Johnny Weir is fur-real in this cropped fur jacket. At least we think that's fur.
10. Johnny Weir Image
Johnny Weir walked the red carpet for a GLAAD media event. He is one of the only openly gay figure skaters in the field.
11. Johnny Weir Casual
Johnny Weir makes casual look glamorous in this dressed down style. Cuffed jeans and a cable knit sweater complete his look!
12. Johnny Weir in White
Johnny Weir looks fabulous on this red carpet event! The figure skater and fashionista is a fan of his handbags!
13. Johnny Weir Book Signing
Johnny Weir dazzled in emerald green at a Borders book signing event. His 2011 autobiography, in which he came out officially, is titled Welcome To My World.
14. Johnny Weir Harry Potter Photo
Johnny Weir might not be magical, but that doesn't mean he can't dress the part! Does he make a good Harry Potter or what?
16. Johnny Weir Elton John Event
Johnny Weir walks the red carpet at an Elton John event. He makes a fashion statement in this red velvet jacket.
17. Johnny Weir Iceskating
Johnny Weir is one of few openly gay male figure skaters in the world. He definitely rocks this sequined jacket.
He calls it a “cross between Coco Chanel and Brooks Brothers” with a hint of “Stanley Tucci’s character in the Hunger Games without the blue hair.”
Why does it matter what Johnny Weir's wearing? Well, to many, it doesn't. But while in Russia, many are looking to Weir to make a political statement about the country's history of oppressing the LGBT community.
As a two-time Olympian, (Turin, 2006 and Vancouver, 2010) Weir is a role model to many. He formally came out as gay in his 2011 autobiography Welcome To My World and said that before then, he had never felt compelled to make a public statement about his sexuality.
However, after reading of so many suicides of gay teens, he felt a responsibility to come out in hopes that his story could save someone from that fate.
He married his long time partner Victor Voronov that same year.
Voronov has encouraged Weir to use his platform in Sochi to speak out about the country's anti-gay propaganda laws, even if that means traveling with a protective detail.
Weir, however, says that's not what the spirit of the games is about, but also notes that nothing will stop him from being who he is.
"The Olympics are supposed to be about these wonderful athletes who are chasing these lifelong dreams, not politics...I’m hoping my presence alone in Russia will be a show of strength for the Russian LGBT community,” he said. “I’m not going to become something I’m not. I’m going to be me."
As an American and a Russophile--Weir credits his love of Russian figure skating with his eventual foray into and success on the ice--he hopes to strike a balance between supporting both the countries he loves and the LGBT community.