Vogue Apologizes After Gigi Hadid And Zayn Malik’s ‘Gender Fluidity’ Cover Receives Backlash

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik grace the front cover of Vogue magazine’s August 2017 issue sporting colourful Gucci suits and highlighting gender fluidity in fashion.

The hot celebrity couple, who started dating in 2015, posed for a joint photo shoot with the famous publication and also took part in a revealing interview about gender, fashion, and clothes swapping.

The 22-year-old American supermodel and the 24-year-old British singer are photographed in various matching (or clashing depending on your point of view) outfits, including floral Gucci track jackets, brown corduroy Prada suits, Marc Jacobs tracksuits, and peacock-feathered Alexander McQueen suits.

On the glossy mag’s front cover, the couple nuzzle together in extremely bright Gucci pantsuits. Hadid’s look in particular is quite striking, with at least three different patterned prints fighting for attention.

Photo: Inez and Vinoodh / Vogue
Photo: Inez and Vinoodh / Vogue

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Vogue talked to the pair about their personal tastes in fashion and embracing gender fluidity.”I shop in your closet all the time, don’t I?” Hadid asked the former One Direction star.

“I shop in your closet all the time, don’t I?” Hadid asked the former One Direction star.

“Yeah, but same,” Malik replied. “What was that T-shirt I borrowed the other day?”

“The Anna Sui?” asked Hadid.

“Yeah,” said Malik. “I like that shirt. And if it’s tight on me, so what? It doesn’t matter if it was made for a girl.”

Photo: Inez and Vinoodh / Vogue
Photo: Inez and Vinoodh / Vogue

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Hadid continued to speak enthusiastically about what Vogue referred to as “a gender-bending approach to fashion.” The model said: “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. . . .”

“If Zayn’s wearing a tight shirt and tight jeans and a big, drapey coat,” Hadid continued, “I mean – I’d wear that, too. It’s just about, do the clothes feel right on you?”

Malik further qualified his girlfriend’s statements: “With social media, the world’s gotten very small,” the “PILLOWTALK” hitmaker said. “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.”

However, not everyone was on board with the couple’s idea of what it means to be gender fluid. Twitter users argued that clothes themselves do not have any gender and that simply borrowing from your partner’s closet does not make one “gender fluid.”

The magazine released an apology after receiving backlash for the gender-fluid comments. The magazine acknowledged that it may have missed the mark but is looking forward to continuing the conversation.

“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,” a spokeswoman for Vogue told Buzzfeed.

Others were more positive about the millennial power couple’s shoot.

Photo: Inez and Vinoodh / Vogue
Photo: Inez and Vinoodh / Vogue

The latest photo shoot marks the second time the couple has been featured together in Vogue. The famous lovebirds were previously photographed in Naples, Italy for the prestigious magazine’s April 2016 issue.

Hadid herself has graced numerous Vogue covers, including twice for British Vogue and most recently Vogue Arabia.

You can check out the entire photo shoot and interview right now on Vogue.com, and pick up the issue from newsstands from July 25.

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