Billy Porter criticized Vogue’s December cover, which had Harry Styles in a dress for the first time.
Porter told The Sunday Times that Styles was the wrong person because “he doesn’t care.”
Porter said that he “created the conversation” of men embracing clothing typically worn by women.
Billy Porter criticized Vogue during an interview with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine because it featured Harry Styles as the first man to wear a dress on its cover.
Last year, Vogue received backlash for the Harry Styles cover from conservative commentator Candace Owens and members of the LGBTQ community who said the magazine was centering a white, cisgender man in a movement largely founded by transgender people of color.
In an interview with The Sunday Times ahead of his upcoming memoir, “Unprotected,” Porter took credit for the wave of men wearing clothing such as skirts and dresses.
“I changed the whole game,” Porter said. “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.”
The Emmy award-winning actor added: “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.”
Styles has not publicly labeled his sexuality but has been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community. Over the years, Styles has stood out due to his extravagant outfits and he explained to Vogue that he doesn’t like “limiting” himself when it comes to clothing.
“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,” Porter said in the interview. “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.”
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