Billy Porter is speaking up about a disagreement he had with Vogue after the magazine featured Harry Style in a dress.
Last year, the 27-year-old artist became the first guy to get his own Vogue cover, appearing in the December 2020 issue in a lace-trimmed gown and tuxedo jacket.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the Pose star, 52, says he was offended by how Styles was praised for breaching gender stereotypes, claiming he was "the first one doing it."
"I changed the whole game," Porter told the publication. "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," the actor continued. "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."
Styles, who has never openly declared his sexuality, has been a staunch advocate of the LGBTQ community and previously disclosed to Vogue that he dislikes "limiting" himself when it comes to the clothing he wears.
"Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What's really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away," he told the outlet. "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," the former One Direction member added. "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."
Resuming his conversation with the Times, Porter exemplified that he is "not dragging" Styles, but questioned: "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 Pose star 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."