Billy Porter dismisses Vogue on Harry Styles dress cover
Billy Porter certainly doesn’t experience a high level of sugar in watermelon.
The “Pose” actor, 52, trashed Vogue over his decision last year to make Harry Styles, 27, the magazine’s first male cover star – and wear him in a dress.
The styles grabbed headlines after wearing a Gucci dress to the front of the December 2020 edition of the Fashion Bible, earning praise from leading experts including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
But Porter says he wasn’t a fan.
The actor – who rocked dresses on the red carpet for several years – lashes out at Vogue for choosing a cisgender white heterosexual man for the groundbreaking cover.
“I changed the whole game,” Porter told the Sunday Times over the weekend. “And it’s not ego, it’s just a fact. I was the first to do it and now everyone is doing it.
“I feel like the fashion industry accepted me because I have to. I’m not necessarily convinced, and here’s why: I created the conversation, and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a robe on their blanket for the first time.
Porter claimed he was attacking Vogue and not Styles personally.
“I’m not hanging out with Harry Styles, but is he the one you’re going to try to use to represent this new conversation?” he asked rhetorically.
“He doesn’t care, he just does it because it’s the right thing to do. It’s politics for me. It’s my life. I had to fight my whole life to get to where I could wear an Oscar dress and not get shot. All he has to do is be white and straight.
Styles did not respond to Porter’s comments.
The “Sign of the Times” singer has sparked much discussion after wearing the dress for Vogue.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens led the reaction by tweeting: “There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows it. In the West, the constant feminization of our men while teaching our children about Marxism is no coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back the manly men.
Meanwhile, Porter – who has been married to Adam Porter-Smith since 2017 – has spoken candidly about his struggles with sex in his extensive interview with The Sunday Times.
The actor, who was abused by his stepfather, says he’s only now learning how to have sex without the help of alcohol.
“I haven’t had fasting sex for 30 years. I have never had sober sex. I started to figure out how to do this, now, at 52 years old. It is not easy. My husband is understanding, but he had to learn from me.