Vogue’s August 2017 cover features model Gigi Hadid and her boyfriend, former One Direction singer Zayn Malik, but it’s coming under some heavy fire from the actual “gender fluid” community for portraying the heterosexual couple as “gender fluid” simply because they borrow each other’s clothes on occasion.
The article states: “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity.”
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) July 13, 2017
The magazine even apologized on Friday, telling Buzzfeed in a statement, “The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture. We are very sorry the story did not correctly reflect that spirit – we missed the mark. We do look forward to continuing the conversation with greater sensitivity.”
Sure it was a stretch, but in fairness the pair did talk about wearing each other’s clothing in the issue, with Malik admitting to borrowing his girlfriend’s Anna Suit shirt and Hadid stating that she “shops in his closet.”
“It’s not about gender. It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment,” said Hadid. “One day you can be this, and another day you can do that.”
“If Zayn’s wearing a tight shirt and tight jeans and a big, drapey coat. I mean—I’d wear that, too. It’s just about, Do the clothes feel right on you?” the model added.
In the cover photo, Malik’s Gucci blazer is bedazzled.
Malik added, “With social media, the world’s gotten very small and it can seem like everyone’s doing the same thing. Gender, whatever—you want to make your own statement. You know? You want to feel distinct.”
According to Vogue: “The line that has long stood between a man and a woman’s wardrobe has been slowly disappearing over the last few years. Right now a genderquake is taking root on the runway, and this month’s Vogue cover stars are part of a new generation embracing the idea with open arms.”
Which then drew plenty of fire from social media users upset at the jump to conclusions:
yes hello police, Gigi Hadid wore pants last week and now vogue is calling her a gender fluid icon pic.twitter.com/HnSZjr2JgS
— Max Lakin (@maxlakin) July 13, 2017
doesn't vogue think non binary/gender fluid people would have been great to talk to abt gender fluidity? not gigi hadid and zayn malik?
— Shannon Steck (@shannonsteck) July 13, 2017
gigi and zayn in suit jackets is gender fluid???????? vogue stylists missed the opportunity to put zayn in a skirt?????? pic.twitter.com/bDoF8yHp0o
— 6’2” libra (@vidalwuu) July 13, 2017
— berrault (@jberrault) July 13, 2017
— boozie (@royhaltea) July 13, 2017
A concept: vogue having someone who identifies as gender fluid on the cover of their gender fluidity issue
— ✿ lucy ✿ (@superultrangel) July 15, 2017
The thing that pisses me off the most is that there are actually so many gender fluid people in the media you could have used for this issue
— lucy (@pecrliaison) July 14, 2017
The actual issue will be out July 25.
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