After he fronted the December issue of American Vogue in a full-length Gucci gown, Harry Styles was celebrated for challenging male stereotypes. Credit: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue
Porter, whose first autobiography “Unprotected: A Memoir” will be published later this month, spoke candidly about his delayed professional success. In the mid-aughts, the star struggled to book acting jobs after making his Broadway debut in 1991. By 2007, he was forced to declare bankruptcy. It wasn’t until the Netflix series “Pose,” for which Porter won an Emmy in 2019 for his performance of the ballroom MC Pray Tell that his career began to stabilize.
But proper credit is lacking, Porter told the paper, saying he “changed the whole game” when it came to men wearing skirts and dresses.
Billy Porter in full glam at the 2020 Grammy’s. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
“I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it,” he said. “I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but… 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,” Porter continued. “All (Styles) has to do is be white and straight.”
Top image: Billy Porter’s tuxedo dress at the Oscars in 2019.