MY BROTHER’S TONY

An in­sider’s ac­count of Clint Ramos’ Tony win for Best Cos­tume De­sign

Cebu Living - - Profile - By REG­GIE RAMOS

“What will you wear?”

Clint asks me that less than an hour af­ter I’d ar­rived at New York’s JFK In­ter­na­tional Air­port. This has been our lives’ re­cur­ring ques­tion, at least be­tween me and my el­dest brother Clint Ramos, now a Tony Award­win­ning cos­tume de­signer.

I pre­tended to gloss over the ques­tion, like I al­ways do when I am un­sure of his re­cep­tion and even­tual judg­ment. As usual, I asked him in­stead what he was wear­ing. He told me that fe­male nom­i­nees would be styled by Vogue’s Anna Win­tour and the male nom­i­nees were of­fered to wear tuxe­dos by big shot designers; Zegna had sent over his. My lit­tle re­di­rect­ion worked: we no longer be­la­bored over my dress sense.

On the day I learned Clint got nom­i­nated for a Tony, the third of May, I was lit­er­ally jump­ing for joy. I could not be hap­pier for him. I have been wit­ness to how Clint fought for his dreams, and this is the con­fir­ma­tion that it has fi­nally paid off. Sure, he has won many awards be­fore, but the Tony’s is a whole new league al­to­gether. Any­one who has ever seen a Broad­way play or mu­si­cal would know that a Tony Award de­fines ca­reers and shows.

The night be­fore the awards, I asked Clint how he was feel­ing. He said sim­ply that he was ready for what­ever the out­come. I knew bet­ter, of course: I told him he was go­ing to win. Once the words left my lips, he asked me not to say them again as they made him even more ner­vous. Of course, I said them again and again. That night, the In­ter­net was flooded with pre­dic­tions of who will or should win the Tony’s, and I combed through each one—in se­cret, of course.

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