US Fashion Magazine Vogue had to apologise to British singer and songwriter Zayn Malik and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid for its ’embracing gender fluidity’-comment.
Vogue said it ‘missed the mark’ when it commented on the pair photo in similar coloured clothes.
Malik and Hadid talked in an interview about borrowing each other’s clothes.
Malik said he often borrows Hadid’s shirts, even if they are tight on him. He doesn’t care that it was made for girls. Whereas Hadid acknowledged it is not about gender any more but rather ‘shapes’.
Vogue’s ‘gender fluid’ comment stirred a lot of anger amongst its readers. Some are pointing out that being male of female is not defined by clothes.
Cosmopolitan writer Jacob Tobian, defends the couple’s trend: ‘Zayn sometimes wears Gigi’s T-shirts; “so what? It doesn’t matter if it was made for a girl,” he tells Vogue. “It’s not about gender … it’s about, like, shapes,” Gigi adds. That they dabble in each other’s closets and swap clothes is adorable; I, for one, would kill for access to either of their wardrobes. And, sure, it’s wonderful that they are in touch with their gender as a site of self-expression — by normalizing gender fluidity as something that a straight cisgender couple can engage with, the article could’ve actually been fairly radical.’
His argument was supported by social media users:
Being profiled ‘gender-fluid’
Big jump for the mag
Vogue issued a following statement regarding its earlier comment:”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.”