Billy Porter Makes History on the Cover of 'Allure'

The "Pose" actor and red carpet maven is the first male-identifying person to front the magazine.
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Billy Porter on the February 2020 cover of "Allure". 

Billy Porter on the February 2020 cover of "Allure". 

Allure revealed its "The Art of Beauty" issue on Thursday, and with it, a new cover star: Billy Porter. Photographed by Ben Hassett and clothed in everything from crystals to rainbow tulle, the "Pose" actor makes history as the first man to front the beauty-focused publication. 

Porter is a red carpet maven; his fitted tuxedo gowns and gloriously long trains are what we remember from award shows. In his shoot with Allure, Porter is not only dressed in conversation-starting garments by brands like Area and Threeasfour, but his face also becomes a work of art. Makeup artist Peter Philips, who's currently the creative and image director of Dior makeup, gives the actor glitter lips and, instead of using traditional shadow, he draws attention to the eyes with bold sequins and 3D graphic shapes in an array of bright colors. 

In the accompanying interview with Ashley C. Ford, Porter discusses owning his power and being unapologetically himself. Porter also touches on what he believes to be the power of artists. 

"We are the arbiters," says Porter. "We're the ones that create change because it's creative in how we talk about it. We open hearts and minds in a different way. Whether it's visual art, whether it's music, whether it's storytelling in a book, whether it's storytelling on film and screen — why do you think we're attacked first by tyrannical governments? Why do you think that that's the shit that's cut first? They know."

Read the full cover story here, and see more images from porter's shoot for Allure below.

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