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Ezra Miller is currently defying all the stereotypes – and you should too

“I don’t identify as a man, I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human.”

Ezra Miller, who identifies with all pronouns and publicly came out as queer in 2012, is vocal about his dismissal of the idea of gender identity.

Lately, the actor, known for his role as Credence Barebone in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, has been taking experimental, genre-defying fashion to a whole new level. His highly artistic red-carpet outfits are known for breaking virtually all the boundaries.

During the world premiere of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald’, Miller wore an absolutely astonishing black puffer-coat dress from a Moncler collaboration with the designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, which made the media go absolutely mad – in the most positive sense.

He has been praised for having an ‘IDGAF attitude’, and for being unapologetically himself, which is something many Hollywood stars struggle with, taking into account the pressures and judgement of both their fans as well as their peers and the paparazzi.

In his latest photo shoot with Playboy, Ezra Miller posed wearing fishnet tights and high heels. In the accompanying interview, he has also expressed that he has ‘experienced a lot of heartbreak’ throughout his life and career, and has decided that monogamy is not quite the right fit for him, having abandoned trying to find one romantic partner. He finds romantic fulfilment in a group of sexual partners, a ‘polyamorous molecule’ which he refers to as his ‘polycule’.

“Miller’s own attitude to fame – and life in general – is remarkable.”

The actor lives on a 100-acre farm in Vermont, where he spends his days growing herbs (this month, it is saffron, which, according to Miller, is ‘much cheaper to grow yourself’) and tending to his animals – most notably his pink sweater-wearing goats, Kathy, Betty, Patty, and Noisette. Miller has never expressed the desire to move to a more urban location, which he believes are gruelling for artists, being individuals of a sensitive nature.

He is also not a fan of social media, not having any personal presence on the Internet apart from the Facebook and Instagram accounts of his ‘genre-queer’ band ‘Sons of an Illustrious Father’. Miller also resents the use of cell phones, which have a negative effect on his mood. Being an artist, and therefore a highly sensitive individual, he states that he can ‘feel’ the presence of cell phones around him, which interferes greatly with his mental wellbeing.

 

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He is also not interested in the celebrity dating scene at all, denying the rumours of having been in relationships with Shailene Woodley and fellow ‘Fantastic Beasts’ actress Zoë Kravitz. Miller prefers to spend time with his sisters and bandmates, with whom he feels completely comfortable as they follow similar attitudes to his.

The attitudes to masculinity which Miller expresses are also rather different from the general consensus of male Hollywood stars. He has previously used a metaphor alluding to the behaviour of his male chickens to explain what he believes masculinity should be. When a male chicken spots an eagle approaching his flock, he walks off and pretends to be injured so that the eagle focuses solely on attacking him. “That’s what it’s supposed to look like, you know what I mean?’ Miller says in an interview with GQ. ‘I’m going to pretend to be weak, I’m going to pretend to be vulnerable so that you attack me before you’d attack one of the women in my posse.’

The world really needs more people like Ezra Miller, who is an exceptional role model for us all, especially in an age where it is so easy to get lost in other people’s expectations of ourselves and lose track of our true personal identity.

You can see the full Playboy photo shoot with Ezra Miller here.

Written by Grace Evans

Grace Alice Evans is a writer and poet utterly in love with words. She is currently studying a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing and has been previously published in Inside the Bell Jar, ENCLAVE, and the Period. Zine. Her work concerns the themes of mental illness, sexuality, and identity.

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