Billy Porter, star of FX’s Pose, says despite the “vitriol” he will live his truth by wearing a dress.
Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, Porter revealed why he feels fashion is a “political act.”
“I want to be a walking piece of political art when I show up,” he told PinkNews.
The Pose actor spoke about the impact of being labelled “the cause of the emasculation of the black man” after wearing dresses.
He said: “I didn’t know I had that much power—but now that I know I do, you can expect me to be wielding it every f***ing chance I get.”
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“If I’m over here wearing a dress, why does it matter?” he told PinkNews.
Billy Porter at the 2019 Oscar Awards Ceremony. (Frazer Harrison/Getty)
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The Pose star said he is proud to wear dresses and stand out in an industry that is “generally reserved for women.”
Porter also spoke of his disappointment at the “vitriol” reaction to his gender-non-conforming outfits on the red carpet.
I didn’t know I had that much power. But now that I know that I do, you can expect me to be wielding it every f***ing chance I get.
He explained: “You know, the most disappointing was the backlash from black people.
Billy Porter wears his “uterus dress” at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards in New York City (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
“That was worse than all of it.”
The star also spoke out on the backlash to gay rapper Lil Nas X coming out: “We’re not going anywhere. We’re here. Respect me as a human being. You don’t have to like it.”
Porter, who recently starred in Taylor Swift’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down”, added that one his favourite looks on the red carpet have been his “uterus dress” at the Tony Award’s made out of the Kinky Boots curtains—the Broadway show that saw him win Tony’s Best Actor for in 2013.