Recently, Billy Porter spoke out about his HIV-positive diagnosis in Attitude Magazine. The actor shared his truth earlier in the year and told the publication that he is HIV-positive. “completely free”Shame. The 51-year old star is no longer living in the shadows.
Porter has been named Attitude’s Man of the Year at the 2021 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards to honor his bravery in speaking out in favor of the voiceless and being his authentic self.
©GettyImagesBilly Porter poses in The Winners Room of The Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards At The Roundhouse on October 6, 2021 in London.
The Pose actor shows us his best angles in a fashion spread and graced the publication’s cover. Styled by renowned fashionTy Hunter, stylist for Billy, wore exuberant pieces that reflected his colorful and larger-than-life personality.
One of the most striking looks caught our attention. We were surprised to discover that the Dominican was the one behind it. fashion designer, Víctor López. HOLA! USA reached out to López, who kindly shared his experience collaborating with Hunter, and his day’s assistant, Blue Ivy’s fashion stylist, Manuel Mendez.
©Taylor Miller / Attitude MagazineBilly is wearing full look by Victor Lopez, earrings and rings by Erickson Bearmon, and rings by Jill Herlands©Víctor LópezVíctor López and Eduardo Rosario
We would love to get to know more about you. Tell us about your life story.
I’m from a small town in the north of the Dominican Republic, called Provincia Hermanas Mirabal (Mirabal Sisters Province). That’s the place where love for fashionwas born. My grandmother used to be a seamstress for the locals and she would let me help her. When I was a child, I moved to New York City. I met Eduardo Rosario who is a partner at the brand. He helped me revive my passion for sewing.
How did you be able to work with Ty Hunter & Manuel Mendez?
Manuel was the first person that I came in contact with. Manuel is a great person to work with, and he loves to share his roots. I was speechless when we connected. His enthusiasm and passion for the brand were evident from the very first moment. Then thanks to Manuel, we connected with Ty, and that’s how Billy Porter ends wearing my design Attitude Magazine. It brings me joy to be a part of it. It is important for me and my Latino community to be able to participate in great projects such as this.
What was the best aspect of working with them
Manuel and Ty created a remarkable project. Both want to help designers get more recognition. I like the way they focus on giving fashionThere’s another twist to the story!
What do you think sets you apart from the rest? Manuel Mendez reached out to Ty Hunter to use your pieces.
I am a young woman designerLike many others in the industry, I want to be recognized for my work. My Dominican heritage and Latinx culture are my greatest inspirations. My greatest motivator is my love for the simplicity and elegance of fitting a garment to a person. The culture that vibrates with each sketch is color, happiness, and culture. They are parts of the mixed feelings that shape what today I can call Víctor López designs.