Vogue Responds To Zayn and Gigi Controversy
Vogue has been forced to apologize after a HUGE backlash to ‘gender fluid’ claims in its new edition with Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid.
The stunning couple are cover stars of US Vogue’s August edition but the magazine has come under fire for equating clothes swapping between a heterosexual couple to 'gender fluidity'.
In the interview, Gigi said, "I shop in your closet all the time, don't I?” with Zayn replying that he borrowed an Anna Sui T-shirt from her.
"I like that shirt. And if it's tight on me, so what? It doesn't matter if it was made for a girl,” the former 1D member said.
Supermodel Gigi agreed, adding: "Totally. 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."
Vogue writer Maya Singer dubbed Zayn and Gigi "part of a new generation who don't see fashion as gendered".
She then comments in the story that for many young people "gender is a more or less arbitrary distraction" and that there is "a terrific opportunity for play".
“This new blase attitude toward gender codes marks a radical break. For these millennials, at least, descriptives like boy or girl rank pretty low on the list of important qualities - and the way they dress reflects that,” she said.
The comments have not been well received however, and now Vogue has had to apologise and admit it “missed the mark”.
In a statement issued on Friday to ‘The Daily Beast’, a Vogue spokeswoman said: "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."
The comments in the piece sent the internet into overdrive, with many Twitter users pointing out that borrowing clothes doesn’t make a person gender fluid, which is defined as a person who does not identify themselves as having a fixed gender.
"Zayn and Gigi are genderfluid because they wear each others clothes" pic.twitter.com/1HuX8F2BD9— POPPY (@pxppyrose) July 14, 2017
Zayn and Gigi are profiled in this piece on gender fluidity because... they borrow each other's clothes sometimes? https://t.co/ItswHOaBUd— Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens) July 13, 2017
Hi unless I'm missing something these celebs aren't gender fluid they're just sharing clothes? https://t.co/S5OJ1IOKli— Eliel Cruz-Lopez (@elielcruz) July 13, 2017
straight cis couple shares clothes, Vogue declares them gender fluid. Teen Vogue is gonna have to clean this one up for Mama Vogue. pic.twitter.com/0VdVKadBbq— Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) July 13, 2017
By Amy McShane