Billy Porter makes history as Allure magazine’s first male cover star

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in e…

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.

The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in extravagant outfits by Area and threeASFOUR.

“She’s a cover girl, y’all! I’m so unbelievably excited and proud to be gracing the cover of @allure’s February 2020 “The Art of Beauty” issue! It is such an honour to be the first male to be on the cover in history,” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of his cover. “This is a testament that times can change and are changing. And it happens with visibility. Ya’ll better RUN to newsstands.”

In the accompanying interview for Allure’s February 2020 issue, Porter opened up about his love for fashion and clothes, and joked that when he was younger, his family insisted his taste was too expensive.

“It was always an expression for me. I always wanted to do something different. I always wanted to express myself in my clothes differently. And I always had great taste. And expensive taste. When I was 10, I could walk into a store for my Easter suit and scan the suits, and it would inevitably be the most expensive suit in the store,” he laughed, adding that he was told by his loved ones that he had to get a job so he could afford high fashion.

“I understood they couldn’t give me the s**t I wanted.”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge finds dressing up ‘very stressful’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confessed she finds dressing up to be “very stressful”.In an interview for the December 2019 issue of U.S. Vogue, the Fleabag creator explained that while she enjoys giving the characters in her TV shows chic and opulent wardro…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confessed she finds dressing up to be “very stressful”.

In an interview for the December 2019 issue of U.S. Vogue, the Fleabag creator explained that while she enjoys giving the characters in her TV shows chic and opulent wardrobes, she struggles to create outfits for herself.

“When you land on an outfit that you love, there’s no greater feeling. I maintain the right to leave the house looking like s**t, in my pyjamas. I find dressing really stressful, just that decision every day. You want to just Steve Jobs it,” Phoebe shared, referencing the late Apple co-founder’s staple wardrobe of a black turtleneck and blue jeans.

The Brit also noted that she specifically wrote Villanelle’s pink tulle dress into the Killing Eve script, with actress Jodie Comer playing the character, and wearing the now-famous creation by designer Molly Goddard.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Emmy-winning star revealed her regret at focusing just on her looks to help get her acting jobs when she was younger.

“I think I felt like the most important thing was how I looked – especially in your 20s, when everyone’s like, ‘Cash in on it now because you haven’t got a lot of time!’ Hair was everything,” the 34-year-old recalled. “I was always trying to please, to do the right kind of acting.”

She also discussed the post-Emmys photo of her celebrating at an after-party while smoking a cigarette and drinking a vodka gimlet cocktail, surrounded by her awards.

While Phoebe isn’t on social media, her friend Josh Cole – head of comedy at the BBC – posted the snap on Instagram, showing her wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown while sat on a sun lounger.

“He always asks for approval,” she insisted. “And I was like, ‘Yes, f**k yes! Approved.’ So approved.”

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Padma Lakshmi shares untouched bikini photo

Padma Lakshmi has been applauded for sharing an untouched bikini photo on Instagram.The 48-year-old presenter, author, actress and model posted the snap on Wednesday, and noted that the photo was all-natural, with no Photoshop or editing used. “100°F …

Padma Lakshmi has been applauded for sharing an untouched bikini photo on Instagram.

The 48-year-old presenter, author, actress and model posted the snap on Wednesday, and noted that the photo was all-natural, with no Photoshop or editing used.

“100°F this weekend. “Perfect.” #noretouchingupinhere #nofacetuneeither,” Lakshmi wrote alongside the snap of herself on the beach in East Hampton, New York.

Accordingly, fans of the Top Chef host thanked her for owning her body and sharing the original snap.

“Thanks for not retouching! And you look awesome,” one of her 577,000 followers wrote, while another added: “If I had a daughter of social media age, I’d make following you compulsory. This is exactly what girls need to see.”

The mother-of-one, who has modelled for Versace and Ralph Lauren, has been sharing her journey to body confidence on social media, and back in September she posted another bikini photo to celebrate her 48th birthday.

“It takes time to develop as a person,” Lakshmi wrote. “Sometimes in the entertainment industry I don’t think we give women that chance. Men become distinguished and women become ‘old news.’

“In truth, I feel better about my body now, even after breastfeeding, gravity, etc. than I did in my 20’s. I’m not riddled with insecurity as I was. I eat well and bust my butt in the gym.”

And she revealed the secret to looking good later in life – a well-balanced diet in your twenties.

“I think the reason people don’t believe I am the age that I am is because I always ate well in my 20s,” Lakshmi explained. “What you eat shows up on your skin, on your hair, on your nail (and) on the whites of your eyes. And people don’t realise that!”

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Patricia Arquette was asked to lose weight for Medium role

Patricia Arquette has recalled how outraged she was when producers of her hit TV series Medium told her to lose a few pounds.The actress, who won an Emmy for the series during its 2005 to 2011 run, found herself in a heated debate when she refused to d…

Patricia Arquette has recalled how outraged she was when producers of her hit TV series Medium told her to lose a few pounds.

The actress, who won an Emmy for the series during its 2005 to 2011 run, found herself in a heated debate when she refused to diet for the crime drama.

“I had an argument with one of the producers on Medium, who told me I should lose weight,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was like, ‘This lady is a mother, she’s married, she’s got three kids. No’. But there’s that expectation… of looking a certain way. Like, ‘OK, you could be 40, but you’ve got to be a 40 who looks 30.'”

The experience is part of why her role in last year’s award-winning HBO series Escape at Dannemora was so liberating.

In it, she played real-life prison worker Joyce ‘Tilly’ Mitchell, who had affairs with convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt, as played by Paul Dano and Benicio Del Toro, and then helped them escape from prison.

“I really wanted to do these love scenes and I’m going to gain a bunch of weight and my boobs are going to be giant, and my stomach…,” Patricia said. “This is the first love scene where I’m not wearing any body make-up and I don’t care that it’s high-def. It’s all a nightmare, but not really.”

The part won the 51-year-old her second Golden Globe, and during her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony in January, Patricia joked about the prosthetic teeth she had to sport for the part.

“How many f**ked up teeth does a person need? I was born with f**ked up teeth!” she told the cheering audience.

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