The award show experience isn’t guaranteed to be fun when you’re in the running for a top prize, but when you’re presenting one, you’re bound to have a good time. For TikTok star Addison Rae, her first trip to the Billboard Music Awards was non-stop excitement. On hand to present honors to Harry Styles and extol the virtues of short-form content, Rae headed to the Dolby Theatre in style. Her big night meant two monochromatic designer looks—a slinky, Mugler cutout gown for walking the red carpet, and a Valentino corset and matching pants for onstage—and a step into a new kind of spotlight. In the past year, Rae has moved from online fame to mainstream recognition, an achievement she alluded to while addressing the crowd. “The opportunities for success are endless on TikTok,” she said. “It can even help transport a competitive dancer from Louisiana to the Billboard Music Awards stage.”
Here, Rae guides you through her glamorous getting ready.