If you’ve been watching the Olympics at all in recent days, you know America has a new sweetheart: Adam Rippon.
There are many things we all love about him. He’s very good at interviews, as evidenced by this:
He’s very good at Twitter, as evidenced by this:
What we maybe love most of all is that unlike many of his fellow male competitors, his fashion and fierceness on the ice is unparalleled. While the figure skating costumes worn by women certainly get their fair share of attention, it’d be foolish to not take in Rippon’s whole look every single time he steps out onto the ice.
When he skated his men’s short program Thursday night, for example, he wore a short-sleeved, red mesh shirt with leather and rhinestone accents.
People loved it.
It’s a shirt he wore in 2017, but his longtime costume designer, Braden Overett, shortened the sleeves for the Olympics, which many eagle-eyed fans noticed right away.
“He’s ready to show more skin!” Overett told Racked. “He’s always like, ‘I want to feel slutty!’”
In contrast, this is what other male figure skaters have been wearing during the Pyeongchang Games.
Rippon is giving us the drama.
During the team figure skating event, he wore an outstanding blue, white and grey mesh shirt with a zipper down the front. Overett said the shirt had “about 40 stones for every one inch of that zipper,” according to Racked.
People loved that one, too.
Rippon is seen in Olympics promotional shots wearing a black leather tank top with rhinestones and a mesh back.
He has an aesthetic and he’s sticking to it. We love him for this. For his dedication to giving us (the people) what we really want — Rippon as his unbridled self, skating around beautifully and effortlessly in mesh shirts covered in crystals and sometimes leather — we love him.
For him being absolutely true to himself, down to the rhinestones, we love him.