Magic Johnson's son EJ knows how to work his outfits, and in a new video posted online, the openly gay celebrity did just that with an attention-grabbing ensemble.
EJ, 27, has never apologized for his choice of a mostly-feminine wardrobe. Now, the former reality star seems to be bringing it front and center for a good cause.
A couple of days ago, EJ took to Instagram with a promo clip for the international nonprofit, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
"Afterwards, I told him, I said, 'I thought that was a little tough. That wasn’t right.' Then he didn’t say anything."
The amfAR gala held on October 10 in Los Angeles, and EJ was one of many celebrities to grace the event. The fashionista’s Instagram post showed him wearing the same ensemble he chose for the outing.
EJ paired a floor-length, long-sleeved sheer dress with a gold-spun skirt featuring an asymmetrical slit. He topped it off with a chain-link necklace, black booties, and a generous amount of makeup.
"Her imperial highness queen Nefertiti," EJ captioned the video that saw him also striking a fierce pose.
Fans and celebrities in the comment section were all for EJ's look. Beyoncé's mom, Tina Lawson, left a couple of blazing and red heart emojis, as did many other Instagram users.
EJ’s mother, Cookie Johnson, was pregnant with him at the time, but she tested negative, as did the child in her womb.
In 2017, the "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" alum told the New York Times that he didn’t find out about his dad’s health condition until he found a book about Magic while conducting a book report in elementary school.
"The school called my mom and was like, 'We don’t know if you want him to do the book report, because it talks about the H.I.V.' I think it was at that point that they told me that he had been sick and he’s a lot better."
Magic endured intense stigmatization at the time he revealed his HIV status, and ironically, his son would experience something similar many years later.
"When my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents. And we love him. EJ is amazing," Magic told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017.
During a June 2018 episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith's "Red Table Talk," however, EJ revealed that coming out to his dad wasn’t exactly a smooth ride.
The "EJNYC" alum appeared on the show with his mother Cookie, who recalled her husband saying some hurtful words after learning of their son’s sexual preference. ,
Cookie recalled Magic saying: "This is not what I wanted for my son. And do you realize what you’re saying because the world is not going to like that, and do you want to live this life?"
"Afterwards, I told him, I said, 'I thought that was a little tough. That wasn’t right.' Then he didn’t say anything," Cookie added.
The next day, EJ recalled, Magic came into his room:
"[He] was like, 'We’re going to get through this, and I just need time.' And we both started crying a little bit.'"
Years later, EJ now has the support of his parents and has debunked on more than one occasion, speculations that he plans to transition.
"I don't feel that I'm in the wrong body. I feel like this is the body I'm supposed to be in. I like myself the way that I am," he said earlier this year. "I don't feel the need to transition. I'm almost 100 percent positive I won't."
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September 01, 2019