While being featured in PERFECT Magazine‘s Issue 4, Sam Smith wore corsets with strings wrapped around his arm and torso. The “Unholy” singer shared the photos on social media. One showed him in a denim mini skirt/underwear outfit, which garnered a lot of attention on Twitter.
Smith’s recent Grammy performance with Kim Petras led some people to call the English singer “satanic.” Social media was once again angered by the choice of styling for the magazine feature — which sold out — on Tuesday (February 28). As we previously reported, the Church of Satan’s magister, David Harris, told gossip website TMZ that the performance was “alright” and “nothing particularly special.” Harris even said the imagery evoked in their Grammys set is similar to what we’ve already seen from other artists: red clothing, fire and devil horns, and it’s “all kind of passé now.”
British influencer Oli London, who we reported in 2021 had undergone numerous surgeries to look like the BTS singer Jimin and identified as Korean criticized Smith’s feature. London announced his detransition the following year. Now, London said of Smith’s PERFECT feature, “Amazing is the wrong word. Try grotesque.” Adding in another tweet of Smith’s pronouns, who identifies as they/them, “Pronouns: Desperate/for/Attention.”
Pronouns: Desperate/for/Attention pic.twitter.com/3ikDHE0HfE— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) February 28, 2023
Those who rallied behind Smith said, “fatphobics are gonna hate, but if this was troye sivan, harry styles or lil nas they would eat them up.” While another wrote, “it’s actually crazy how many people in the quotes are so blindly fatphobic that they don’t understand what’s actually being conveyed in this photography at all… have you forgotten that it is an art form and not just for a fashion catalogue?”
See what others on Twitter had to say below: