If you’ve been following celebrity news lately, you might have heard about Robert Pattinson. If not, here’s a quick refresher:

The 26-year-old British heart-throb was in the headlines recently for quite a different reason. He caught the public’s attention when he showed up at the 2019 Grammys looking dashing in a sleek black leather jacket and jeans. After arriving fashionably late and being forced to make a speech without a preparation, he finally took the stage to present an award. And it was then that he delivered one of the most memorable and most-watched performances of the night. The audience was captivated as he spoke about music and its influence on his life. He spoke with such passion and conviction that people weren’t sure whether to laugh or cry. It was an emotional moment that showed the world the real Robert Pattinson.

Many were curious about his fashion choices. Having previously worked as an editor at Teen Vogue, it was an easy jump to theorize that he had decided to leave the fashion industry and focus on his acting career. While the theory had some truth to it, it didn’t take into account the real reason why he had decided to ditch fashion. The truth is that Robert is a true genius when it comes to fashion and fitness. Let’s take a look at his style evolution and how he became so fashionable and fit. 

From Skinny-Shorts Boy to Fashion Icon

It all began 12 years ago in 2007 when Robert was still a teen. He was the poster child for anorexia, and his parents were constantly battling his health issues. Robert had been suffering from malnutrition that made him seriously underweight. While his family was hopeful that he would gain weight through nutrition and proper exercise, it wasn’t until 2015 that this problem finally seemed to be resolved. He started that year weighing in at a healthy and normal weight, and he hasn’t looked back since.

It was then that he began to focus on his health and fitness. He sought out a personal trainer who worked with him on developing a fitness routine that would help him get in shape. In an interview with The Guardian, Robert revealed that he had spent many years training seriously to become an actor. While he had gained a certain level of fitness along the way, he hadn’t paid much attention to his body-image issues. All that changed after getting to know his trainer. He began to see the body-positivity in his trainer, and it inspired him to finally tackle his weight problem. He wasn’t born with perfect bone structure, and he doesn’t possess the perfect hair or eye color that would make him look like an idol. He is only what he embodies: strength and beauty.

How He Developed His Own Fashion House

The designer behind his athletic apparel collection is none other than Dior. As the French luxury goods company’s creative director, Kris Van Assche wanted to develop a lifestyle collection that would appeal to both men and women. He named it Dior Ace and set out to create a designer version of the track pants. He collaborated with Misha Mulla on the collection, and they used textiles from the Italian manufacturer Benetton to create a four-way match with bowties, hoodies, and cravats. Each piece in the collection is named after a different card game: Sabot, Blackjack, Vingt-et-Un, and Rummy. Not only do these pieces pay homage to the elegance of the card games they’re named after, but they’re also a reflection of Robert’s passion for these games.

The designer also wanted to integrate his admiration for American Football, so he developed a piece inspired by the helmets used by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The result is a mixture of classic American Football and cutting-edge style.

The Grammys Speech That Made An Angel Out Of Everyone

Let’s fast-forward to 2019. We mentioned earlier how Robert was in the news because of his appearance at the Grammys. Aside from making headlines, his performance at the Grammys was also the subject of much scrutiny. Many people questioned whether or not he had actually prepared any sort of speech. While it’s true that he had written some vague comments about music and its influence on his life, it was heavily implied that he hadn’t prepared any sort of formal address. And it wasn’t just the lack of preparation that people took issue with. They also questioned whether or not he would even be able to pull off a memorable performance after all.

For those of you who slept through the 80s, let me remind you of the great fashion faux pas known as the “Fame Monster” or the “Michael Jackson Face”. Essentially, what you have here is the combination of the King of Pop’s face with the body of a monster. If you guessed that that’s how Robert looked as a teenager, you’d be right. He sometimes used to wear a black leather jacket similar to Michael Jackson’s, which is why people began to compare the two when they saw the celebrity couple together. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, Robert’s performance at the Grammys was nothing short of amazing. It truly was.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, he revealed that he had rehearsed the speech multiple times and been coached by his acting coach. He had also decided to give the speech without any notes since he felt that the best presentations were those that were completely improvised. As it turned out, he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting venue to give this impromptu speech. The Grammys are one of the most prestigious awards shows in the music industry, and his performance there was, in a word, amazing. He walked the red carpet and delivered the speech wearing a gorgeous black-and-white polka-dot dress. He received a standing ovation from the crowd, which lasted a full two minutes. Most importantly, he showed the world that while he may not always remember to eat, he does remember to take care of his body.

Now that we’ve seen his amazing transformation, what’s next for Robert? Is he going to stay with Dior and continue to design more pieces for the house? Or are we going to see him branching out and designing his own clothes again? Time will tell. For now, we can enjoy the fact that this once-skinny-shorts boy has become a fashion icon, and we can also take pride in the fact that he’s helped so many people along the way. So, let’s celebrate Robert’s achievement and his fashion evolution. Thank you for making us proud, Robert! We couldn’t be more thrilled for you.