Missouri high school crowns its first male homecoming queen – NBC News

A Missouri teen broke with tradition by becoming his high school’s first male homecoming queen.

Zachary Willmore, a senior at Rock Bridge High School in Rock Bridge, just outside Columbia, said he decided to run for homecoming queen instead of king after polling his social media followers. 

“They thought queen could look prettier on the sash,” he told local NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. “So I chose queen.”

Willmore’s crowning moment was caught on camera, and after he shared the video late last month with his massive TikTok following, it quickly went viral. The clip, which shows Willmore donning a sparkling gold gown and a white sash, now has 3.6 million views and more than 765,000 likes. 

When asked about his reaction to being crowned homecoming queen, he told KOMU-TV it was “literally a dream.”

“It showed that people actually did care about me,” Willmore, 18, said. “It was the final stepping stone for me to be like, ‘People like me.’ I feel happy.”

While Willmore did get many words of encouragement after he posted his video on social media, not everyone was supportive. 

“Online, I did get some hate. After I won, my TikTok account was reported and banned for a couple days,” he said. 

TikTok did not immediately send a response to NBC News’ request for comment regarding why Willmore’s account was temporarily suspended.

Willmore, who now has 1.1 million TikTok followers, garnered popularity on the social media platform by sharing videos centered on