Gillian Anderson’s Emmy dress was covered with tiny penises

Lily Wakefield September 20, 2021
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Gillian Anderson attends the 73rd Emmy Awards

Gillian Anderson attends the 73rd Emmy Awards. (Getty for Netflix/ Dave Benett)

Gillian Anderson took home an Emmy on Sunday (19 September) in a dress that was iconically covered with tiny penis charms.

Anderson won Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, her second Emmy following her 1997 win for her role as Dana Scully in The X-Files.

But the actor and bisexual icon’s outfit drew almost as much attention as her award.

Anderson attended the Emmys in a stunning cream silk two-piece by Chloe, embellished with tiny penis charms.

One Twitter user wrote: “Can’t cope with Gillian Anderson wearing penises on her dress at the Emmys LMAO.”

Following the ceremony, Anderson even took to Instagram to share a close-up of one of the penises, and wrote: “FYI in case you hadn’t noticed. Repurposed penises.”

While Anderson’s win was celebrated, many in the LGBT+ community were left frustrated after the cast of the truly groundbreaking series Pose walked away without a single award. 

Earlier this year, Mj Rodriguez famously became the first trans woman ever nominated in a lead acting category, but was beaten by The Crown’s Olivia Coleman.

Every single major acting Emmy this year went to a white performer, despite the list of nominees being lauded as the most diverse yet.

Gillian Anderson was forced to set aside her politics to play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown 

For her show-stopping, and now Emmy-winning, performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, Gillian Anderson had to undergo both a physical and mental transformation. 

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar last year about the role, she said she “had to get to a point where it’s nothing to do with my opinions of her policies, of her actions”.

“It is only about her as a human being and her motivation as a politician and as a mother,” she added.

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