After years of original controversy, Billy Porter He finally talks about why he’s so mad at pop star Harry Styles after he was featured on the cover of a magazine Vogue magazine She wears a dress.
In 2020, the “Watermelon Sugar” singer appeared on the cover of a fashion magazine wearing a lace-trimmed dress and a black jacket over it, making him the first man ever to appear solo. Vogue magazine cover.
Styles was hailed by both fans and the media for breaking traditional gender norms in fashion, but Porter wasn’t happy.
at that time antiquities Najma felt it styles He was credited with taking a drastic stand by when he stunned Porter the year before on the Oscars red carpet by donning a voluminous black velvet evening gown by Christian Siriano.
He said, “It created the conversation and yet still fashion puts Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on its cover for the first time.” Sunday times in October 2021.
Porter went on to say that he wasn’t “dragging Harry Styles,” but expressed concern that the singer was being used to “act up conversation.” He added, “He doesn’t care, he just does it because it’s the thing to do. That’s politics to me. That is.” for me life. I’ve had to fight my whole life to get to the place where I can wear a dress to the Oscars and not get fired. All he has to do is be white and straight.”
Porter’s comments were met with heavy criticism from fans of the former One Direction member, as well as criticism in the media, and condemnation from people who felt he was taking credit for genderqueer fashion even though he is a symmetrical genderqueer man.
One person commented on social media at the time: “Billy Porter thinks he, a heterosexual man, has created a conversation about non-binary fashion, which is BIPOC trans-erasing at its best.” Pink news.
Now three years later, Porter finally opened up about his frustration with Styles in an interview today with the British newspaper The telegraph. He explained that months before the magazine’s cover was to be released, cover editor Anne Wintour asked him how the magazine could “do better”.
That bitch eventually said to me, ‘How can we do better? “And I was so surprised that I didn’t say what I should have said.”
Had the question not caught him off guard, Porter revealed that he would have asked the famous editor to “raise the voices of the leaders of this fashion movement.”
“It’s not Harry Styles’ fault that he’s white and nice and straight and fits infrastructure that way,” Porter explained. “That’s why it’s on the cover. Non-binary blah blah blah blah. No. It doesn’t feel good to me. You’re using my community — or your people are using my community — to uplift you. You didn’t have to sacrifice anything.”