Billy Porter recently called out American magazine Vogue over their Harry Styles cover from November 2020. The former One Direction member posed for the cover in a dress, and Billy Porter expressed his disappointment on everyone praising Styles for breaking the gender norms when he himself was “the first one doing it.” The celebrity was often seen on red carpets and at events in dresses and has often spoken about normalising men wearing dresses.
“I changed the whole game. I. Personally. Changed. The. Whole. Game. And that is not ego, that is just fact. I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it. I feel like the fashion industry has accepted me because they have to. I’m not necessarily convinced and here is why. I created the conversation [about non-binary fashion] and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time,” said Billy.
“He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do. This is politics for me. This is my life. I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars and not be gunned [down]. All he has to do is be white and straight,” continued Billy.
Back in November, Harry had spoken about his fluid fashion choices and told Vogue, “As a kid I definitely liked fancy dress. I was really young, and I wore tights for [the play]. I remember it was crazy to me that I was wearing a pair of tights. And that was maybe where it all kicked off! I like playing dress-up in general.”