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Billy Porter Addresses Harry Styles’ ‘Vogue’ Cover Again
Billy Porter is re-emphasizing his criticisms against Harry Styles’ appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine in December of 2020. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, the 53-year-old ‘Pose’ star spoke on the magazine’s decision to feature the British pop star, and also took a shot at Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, for passing over his suggestions on how to use the magazine to uplift gender-defying fashion designers.
Despite his stern critiques towards the magazine, Porter clarified that it’s not Styles’ fault that he was put on the cover, as he fits the criteria it takes to gain that type of visibility. He believes it was more of a “politics” on the part of Vogue, and a matter of using certain voices (in this case, his) to better establish themselves.
“[Styles is] white and he’s straight. That’s why he’s on the cover. Non-binary blah blah blah blah. No. It doesn’t feel good to me. You’re using my community — or your people are using my community — to elevate you. You haven’t had to sacrifice anything,” Porter said.
The Tony winner has gone back and forth on the issue, in part, due to the soundbite culture due to the repetitive nature of news cycles. During an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Porter noted that his message has been mischaracterized on social media, and apologized to Styles for any backlash that stemmed from his comments.
“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. “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.”
At the end of the day, Porter hopes that a meaningful conversation on queer and gender-defying expression in the fashion world will rise to the surface. Until then, Billy Porter will continue to be a major player in the game