Ezra Miller Is the Non-Binary Icon the Fashion World Needs to Keep Their Eyes On
BY MIA MONTALVO
Most people would recognize 26-year-old, Ezra Miller, in masculine roles such as his character in the film Fantastic Beasts, or as The Flash in Justice League. From playing a bit of a sexual deviant in Trainwreck to a shy, gay teenager in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Miller has definitely challenged himself to take on many roles throughout his young acting career. Yet, above all what has allowed Miller to truly break into a new creative realm, is his unapologetic sense of fashion.
Breaking boundaries and erasing stereotypes is Miller's personal brand as a young queer individual. Yet Miller, who was raised in New Jersey, was not always so comfortable in his own skin and dealt with several sexual adversities before coming out in 2012 in an interview with Out Magazine. Present day, Miller defies conformity, as he is comfortable dipping his toes in different outlets of inspiration. He does not believe in monogamy, as he told Playboy in a recent interview regarding his upcoming role in Fantastic Beasts.
"I'm trying to find queer beings who understand me as a queer being off the bat, who I make almost a familial connection with, and I feel like I'm married to them 25 lifetimes ago from the moment we meet," he explained to Playboy.
A recent Playboy magazine shoot with Miller showed him lounging in fishnet stockings, black stilettos, a sheer lace jumper, and light grey blazer. His versatility promotes a beautiful nonexistence of gendered expectations that society renders.
Miller was shot in an edition of GQ Style just weeks earlier in a more masculine look with a plaid button-down and suede, brown jacket by Saint Laurent. Yet, he played with a dark lip stain and allowed a curl to fall down the center of his face.
Despite the confidence he sheds on the front cover of GQ's Holiday Issue, there was a bit of nervous energy in how the shoot would be received. He is not afraid to experiment with lipsticks, nail colors, or feminine attributes. His duality is simply something that comes natural for him.
"I was pleasantly surprised and overjoyed by how much room there was for my very strange and fluid expressions," Miller said to GQ.
Other widely-received looks include his recent theme-based debut at the Fantastic Beasts premiere, in Paris and London. Miller appeared in a somewhat puffy, yet still manageably sleek black, floor length dress with a dark purple lip and head covering to pair. The dress was from Moncler's collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli. His other outfit was an all-white Givenchy couture ensemble with matching feathers and shiny, silver makeup painted across his cheeks.
Miller attributes his inspirations in a GQ video titled, "Ezra Miller Breaks Down His Top 5 Style Heroes" during the process of his GQ style shoot. He aspires to encompass a style that has aspects of Simon Bar Kohkba's painting from Roman times all the way to current-day Rihanna. We have seen musicians in the past, like Elton John and Freddie Mercury, play with fashion much like Miller does. Critics and fans are praising Ezra Miller for daring to cross boundaries as an up and coming style icon, as well as providing representation for non-binary individuals.
These small gestures allow for people to not only get style inspiration, but to also encourage us to not fear gender fluidity or self-expression in fashion. Of course, this is not an easy task to accomplish, but Miller's confidence conquers any of this backlash.
"I don't identify as a man, I don't identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human," Miller told The Hollywood Reporter. And that's okay.
Lead Image Credit: Ryan Pfluger / Playboy