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A Missouri high school student and TikTok star made history by being crowned the state’s first-ever male homecoming queen.
Zachary Willmore, a senior at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo., who identifies as gay, polled his followers on social media on whether he should run for homecoming queen or king — and the numbers didn’t lie.
“They thought ‘queen’ could look prettier on the sash,” he told KOMU. “So I chose queen.”
Naturally, the moment his name was announced was caught on camera and he shared the video with his 1.1 million followers. It now has 3.7 million views and more than 769,000 likes – but perhaps not from parents and online trolls who didn’t love the break in tradition.
A TikTok user commented that Willmore took “a little girl’s dream away,” and he fired back that it was “some little boy’s dream, too.” His.
He kicked off that video with a little bit of sass, saying, “Before I start this video, let me just put on my crown that I won fair and square because homecoming is quite literally a popularity contest.”