Billy Porter slams Vogue over Harry Styles cover: ‘This is politics for me’

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Billy Porter isn’t one of the fans of Harry Styles’ Vogue cover.

In December 2020, Styles became the fashion publication’s first male cover model and made waves for wearing a dress at his shoot.

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The cover attracted both praise and criticism, and now, Porter has joined those expressing irritation with the spread.

“I changed the whole game,” said Porter, 52, who has been known to dress up on the red carpet and even in movies The Sunday Times recently. “And it’s not arrogance, it’s just fact. I was the first person to do it and now everyone is doing it.”

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The actor himself made headlines for donning the gown while attending the Oscars, the Met Gala and Amazon Prime’s “Cinderella.”

Porter said she thinks the fashion industry accepted her “because they have to.”

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“I’m not necessarily convinced, and here’s why: I created conversation, and yet Vogue put a straight white man in a dress, Harry Styles, on its cover for the first time.”

The Emmy winner insisted he wasn’t “dragging” Styles, but was rather upset with Vogue, questioning whether the 27-year-old singer is “the one you’re going to try and represent this new conversation with.” are using.”

Porter insisted, “He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do. It’s politics for me. It’s my life.” “I’ve had to fight my whole life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars and not get hit by a gun. All he has to do is be white and straight.”

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Reps for Vogue and Styles did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.

Earlier this year, Porter revealed that he was diagnosed with HIV in 2007.

He told The Hollywood Reporter in May 2021 that he used his “Pose” character, Pray Tail, to express himself, who is also HIV positive.

“I was able to say everything I wanted to say through a surrogate,” he said, adding that the cast and crew of the show were unaware that he was drawing pictures from his own life.

Porter would go on to win an Emmy for his work on “Pose” and has been nominated for two more.


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