Ezra Miller’s GQ feature reminds us he’s the fashion GOAT
Ezra Miller of “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” DC Comics and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” fame has just changed the game with his GQ Style feature. Yes, Allie Jones has written about an intriguing time she spent with Miller: the profile is split between a press junket for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and the Vermont farm where Miller tends livestock (duties he takes on includes birthing goats).
But moreover, a magazine called Gentlemen’s Quarterly, a bastion of idealized masculinity, has made space for high-profile men who exist in unapologetically feminine form.
Photography by Yoshiyuki Matsumura
Styling by Mobolaji Dawodu
According to Jones, Miller had been “nervous” about the prospect of appearing in GQ because of its historic masculinity.
[Miller] wasn't sure if he could fit the mold. But the experience turned out to be just what he wanted. "I was pleasantly surprised and overjoyed by how much room there was for my very strange and fluid expressions," he says.
Never mind the usual coy swab of mascara or subtle peachy dab or black manicure mainstream magazines typically afford rockstars. In Miller’s shoot, we get tie-front crop action, slinky bodycon sweater dresses, glitter, sheen, drape and bold, berry lips.
Miller publicly came out as queer in 2012, and today he tells me his gender identity is fluid. "I'm comfortable with all the pronouns," he says. "I let he/his/him ride, and that's fine."
This isn’t the first time Miller has given us a distinct mix of eccentricity and glamour. Miller had the Tumblr girls shook with his 2012 Paper Magazine shoot. Apart from having Miller’s lustrous locks in vintage hairclips and complex updos, decadent dresses, Creatures of the Wind gloves, raver mesh tops from Alexander Wang and Burberry necklaces.
Miller blew up Twitter last fall when he name-dropped Fenty Beauty as his lipstick brand of the evening (on the Beijing red carpet for “Justice League”).
Apart from giving the gays what they want, GQ should be saluted for how it’s changing the culture as a whole. It’s refreshing to encounter well-established institutions, especially those propping up dominant ideals like heteronormativity, who can get down with making space for the marginalized. No, GQ isn’t the Supreme Court or anything. But it’s a reassuring start.