The ‘Pose’ star calls out Vogue and the magazine’s editor-in-chief for taking advantage of his ‘community’ to ‘elevate’ themselves with the Harry Styles cover.
AceShowbiz –Billy Porter has lambasted Harry Styles‘ Vogue cover again and branded Anna Wintour a “b****.” The “Pose” and “Kinky Boots” star, 53, was furious he had spoken to the magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna, 73, about how Vogue could push forward the “de-gendering of fashion movement” months before former One Direction singer Harry, 29, was made US Vogue’s first-ever solo male cover star in 2019.
“It’s not Harry Styles’ fault that he happens to be white and cute and straight and fit into the infrastructure that way,” he told the Daily Telegraph about his fury Vogue had used the “Watermelon Sugar” singer as the face of genderfluid and non-binary fashion.
“I call out the gatekeepers. Non-binary blahblahblahblah. 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.”
Billy, who has made headlines for wearing a dress on red carpets, added he had been invited to a question and answer session with Anna in front of Conde Nast staff a few months before Harry’s Vogue cover was unveiled.
He said, “That b**** said to me at the end, ‘How can we do better?’ And I was so taken off guard that I didn’t say what I should have said… ‘Use your power as Vogue to uplift the voices of the leaders of this de-gendering of fashion movement.’ Six months later, Harry Styles is the first man on the cover.”
Billy previously blasted Harry’s cover, which saw the singer dressed in a Gucci gown, in 2021. He told the Sunday Times in October of that year, “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, and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time.”
The Emmy winner then claimed that he was attacking Vogue and not Harry. He added, “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 down. All he has to do is be white and straight.”
Billy apologised for his remarks a month later, saying on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert“, “Harry Styles – I apologise to you for having your name in my mouth. It’s not about you. The conversation is not about you. The conversation is actually deeper than that. It is about the systems of oppression and erasure of people of colour who contribute to the culture.”
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