Harry Styles is the first male to grace the cover of American Vouge while wearing a dress. Billy Porter is not a fan of it.
Billy Porter is obviously not happy with Vogue’s decision to make Harry Styles the magazine’s first male cover star and showed up in a dress.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Billy claimed that he was actually the “first one doing it,” when it came to men wearing skirts and 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,” he added.
“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.”
“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,” The Emmy-winner continued.
“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.”
Reactions to Billy Porter Slams Vogue Over Harry Styles Cover
Billy porter is completely justified to criticize vogue's cover choice lmfao yall can keep deluding yourselves that harry styles is secretly gay but i do not fucking care when there's an out gay man who got repeatedly dunked on for wearing elaborate gowns to big coverage parties— JAKELIKERS.ORG🏳️⚧️ (@hulknaps) October 18, 2021
Billy Porter criticising Vogue for putting Harry Styles on the cover wearing a dress is the most ridiculous thing I've heard.— Littlest HOMOsexual (@HomoLittlest) October 18, 2021
Imagine Martina Navratilova criticising Madonna for wearing trousers?!?!
This gender cult is the most backward, sexist shite steeped in stereotypes.
Billy Porter was absolutely correct to drag Vogue for placing Harry Styles on the cover for “pioneering” “men in skirts.” There was him, Jaden, even Young Thug was in dresses before Harry Styles. Black queer people are constantly taking risks that white people get the credit for.— nkemji thee ms-BOO👻🎃♊️🖤 (@itsmetheHBIC) October 19, 2021
Vogue is finally representing nonbinary fashion on their cover…And Billy Porter is acting catty because Harry Styles got to wear a dress on a Vogue cover and he didn't. 🙄👗🐈😹 Sorry, Billy…I guess you just didn't look pretty enough in a dress! 💄🤪🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/fJnPJKZcpD— Random Snake Facts (@random_snakes) October 18, 2021
Billy Porter is over here (unduly) bitching about Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue, claiming he, Porter, is the proper representation of challenging masculinity by wearing a dress.— Samuel Miles McGee (@MrMuhGee) October 18, 2021
"I changed the whole game," Billy said.
Meanwhile, David Bowie’s over here like pic.twitter.com/ju6taBY7s1
I love what Billy Porter has done for fashion, but women and gay men buy and read Vogue as a fantasy: Harry Styles maybe-he-is-maybe-he-isn't gender-fluidity leaves more to the imagination hence has mystery that is part of the fantasy that is Vogue's selling point.— Essie Bee 🇨🇦🌎🇨🇦 (@sblogga) October 19, 2021
Vogue snubbing Billy Porter by naming Harry Styles the face of non-binary fashion is ridiculous. Billy has been serving us looks before one direction was a thing.— MCA✨ (@MarieEcstasy_) October 19, 2021
Look. I love @theebillyporter and @Harry_Styles. That being said, it’s unfair to assume someone’s sexual orientation when they’ve never publicly commented on it. If you want to be mad at @voguemagazine, that’s fine.— Kelli O (@Falkorswind) October 19, 2021
Vogue wanted Harry Styles & Harry and his stylist chose to wear a dress. The fact that he is Harry is what sold the mag, not because of the dress. Billy Porter's point would be valid if the shoot were about dresses. It was not! The shoot was about Harry Styles! Period!— Namaste Bishes ᴴ (@HEs_fabulous) October 17, 2021
Billy Porter is definitely not the “first” person to wear a dress and make non-binary fashion trendy (Prince, Kurt Cobain, Dennis Rodman), but I understand his frustration with Vogue putting Harry Styles on the cover for it.
— go away from me with this Apollo (@mediocremami) October 18, 2021