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Billy Porter calls out Vogue Over Harry Styles dress cover

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In a recent interview, Billy Porter dragged Vogue for the infamous Harry Styles cover. Last year, Styles graced the cover of the most prestigious magazine. However, it was the way he dresses which made headlines. According to Pose star, putting a white, straight man in a dress on the cover is unfair to queer people of color. It is to be noted that Porter is the first man to start the trend of wearing gowns and dresses on the red carpet. At the same time, he is bringing real change by playing non-binary roles on screen.

While he is an inspiration to many, it did not come easy for Billy Porter

Although Billy Porter is best known for embracing his true self loud and proud, he had to endure a lot. At the age of 6, his parents send him to a psychologist because he was not masculine enough. His family’s reaction to his sexuality gave him a lot of trauma. While talking about it, Billy Porter said:

“That’s one of the first memories I have as a child, that something’s wrong with you and you need to be fixed based on ‘You’re not masculine enough.’ I carried that with me for my whole life until, like, two and a half minutes ago. You know?”

Related: Camila Cabello And Billy Porter To Star In Cinderella In 2021

At the same time, he aspires to change things within the Black community

Today, we know him as the unapologetic Pray Tell from Pose, Porter also got death threats back in the 80s. Recently, he opened up about helping other queer people in the Black community. According to Billy Porter, there is a huge issue of homophobia in the Black community. However, it is also changing and shifting for the better. One of his friends narrated an incident of his cousin who said that he would be accepting of his own sons if they were gay. This reminded Porter of his own experience. He said:

“It’s so good to hear that because my experience in the 80s was a cousin saying if I ever turned gay he would kill me, so that’s what my experience has been. So, yeah, sometimes my trauma shows.”

Recently, Billy Porter called out Vogue for putting Harry Styles in a dress for their cover

Billy Porter Calls Out Vogue Over Harry Styles Dress Cover
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Last year, Harry Styles made headlines when he wore a dress for the cover of Vogue. Shortly after, the cover went viral. While most of the people admired it, there were few who criticized Vogue for putting a white, straight man in a dress. Similarly, Billy Porter also spoke out about that infamous cover. He said:

“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.”

Furthermore, he admitted that wearing a dress is more than just fashion for him and said:

“I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but he is the one you’re going to try and use to represent this new conversation? 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 now. All he has to do is be white and straight.”

Along with playing non-binary roles, Billy Porter is the first gay man to be on the cover of Allure and the face of Essence. So far, Harry Styles has not responded.

Related: Billy Porter apologizes to Harry Styles for comments about the singer wearing a dress for the cover of Vogue

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