Billy Porter has criticized Vogue‘s decision to make Harry styles its first gender-smashing male cover star.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Porter emphatically pointed out that his own style broke boundaries before Style’s did.
“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.
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.”
For his part Styles told Vogue last year that gendered clothing norms are “limiting” and
“there’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes.”
I’ve never really thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something,”
I see both sides here and say BRAVO! BRAVA! to them both. MANY on Twitter have shared their support of Porter & Styles, as well as recognizing those who came before. Bad Bunny is covering Allure this very month.
His feelings are valid but we can’t ignore that neither of them were the first to break boundaries in that way. We’re just gonna ignore Boy George, Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Dennis Rodman etc.?— Crazy Broke Asian (@Sausage_Chasm) October 18, 2021
Was he, though? pic.twitter.com/2tbAO1s1oz— Courtney (@NDIrish2010) October 18, 2021