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Billy Porter Slams ‘Vogue’ For Featuring Harry Styles In A Dress

Billy Porter Slams ‘Vogue’ For Featuring Harry Styles In A Dress

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Oct. 18 2021, Updated 1:41 p.m. ET

Everyone was pretty excited when Harry Styles appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine in December 2020 wearing a dress. We mean, he’s been pretty vocal about wanting to break the gender stereotypes, so it was a big accomplishment for him. Well guys, it turns out, not everyone was a fan of the photoshoot. Fashion icon Billy Porter just shared his thoughts on it, and he totally slammed the magazine for featuring a “straight, white male” in a dress.

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“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 told The Sunday Times in a new interview. “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 now. All he has to do is be white and straight.”

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Billy Porter Isn’t The Only One To Slam Harry Styles’ ‘Vogue’ Cover

Candace Owens

Back when the magazine first hit stands, Porter wasn’t the only one to slam the One Direction member’s choice of clothing. At the time, Candace Owens claimed he wasn’t “manly” for wearing a dress.

“There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men,” she wrote on Twitter.

For those who don’t know, Owens is a conservative author, commentator and political activist. She used to be the CEO of a company called Degree180 — a marketing agency that offered consultation, production and planning services. In 2016, she attempted to launch SocialAutopsy.com — a website that was going to be used to expose bullies on the Internet by tracking their digital footprint. It was never created.

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Other Stars Came To His Defense

Olivia Wilde

After Owens made her comment, a ton of stars spoke out and defended Styles, including his girlfriend, Olivia Wilde.

“You’re pathetic,” she responded.

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Styles’ costar Florence Pugh‘s boyfriend, Zach Braff, also chimed in, adding, “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly. Life is short. Be whatever the f**k you want to be.”

Jonah Marais from Why Don’t We also showed his support for the “Sign of the Times” member.

“Harry Styles is doing everything right. So funny to see these conservative people getting so heated because he’s pushing gender norms in the dopest way,” he wrote. “MEN AND WOMEN CAN DRESS HOWEVER THEY WANT. It’s 2020. shut up, your small mindedness is showing.”

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Plus, Liam Payne was not here for anyone hating on his former 1D bandmate. Yep, he too spoke out about Styles‘ controversial Vogue Magazine photoshoot, and he had nothing but nice things to say about it.

“I think he’s enjoying himself and he’s free to do as he wishes,” the singer told Capital Breakfast With Roman Kemp during a recent interview. “And, you know, I just think that people don’t need to be so bothered about stuff. There’s been a lot more stuff going on this year than whether or not he’s wearing the right clothes in someone else’s mind.”

Last but not least, Jameela Jamil tweeted, “Harry Styles is plenty manly, because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic d**kheads decided it was hundreds of years ago, He’s 104 percent perfect.”

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Harry Styles Is Ready To End Gender Stereotypes

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During the singer’s interview with Vogue, he got real about the way he dresses and breaking gender norms.

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“I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with,” he explained. “What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play. I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything—anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. 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.”

“What women wear, what men wear — for me it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies,’ I think, ‘Okay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though.’ I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier,” Styles also told The Guardian in December 2019.

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