Vogue's Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik cover's draws flak for misusing 'gender fluidity'
Vogue and Gigi Hadid have made their latest faux pas: by using the term 'gender-fluidity' in what seems to be a very liberal, loose sense, to describe a cis heterosexual couple's sense of style.
When Vogue unveiled its 2017 August cover featuring Hadid, who is of Palestinian descent, with her Muslim boyfriend Zayn Malik, we wonder if they were trying to make a comment on their President's view on Muslims along with commenting on gender fluidity as they did.
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) July 13, 2017
Though their choice of models despite their religion is commendable, the article accompanying Hadid and Malik's Photoshop has caught the ire of the internet. The article makes a strong comment on gender fluidity because Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid think it's fine to borrow clothes from each other's closets. Written by Maya Singer, the piece makes a reference to Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel Orlando, a story in which the title character wakes up one day to find that he "has become a woman," yet by all other accounts, is the same person. (Woolf's novel was also the inspiration for Christopher Bailey's fall 2017 Burberry collection)
Here's an excerpt from the article: 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. “I shop in your closet all the time, don’t I?” Hadid, 22, flicks a lock of dyed-green hair out of her boyfriend’s eyes as she poses the question. “Yeah, but same,” replies Malik, 24. “What was that T-shirt I borrowed the other day?” “The Anna Sui?” asks Hadid. “Yeah,” Malik says. “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 story also noted how fashion designers have begun 'gender-bending' and designing in a more androgynous way. But it received a lot of backlash: Twitter users expressed frustration at the fact that borrowing clothes and wearing pantsuits doesn’t make a person gender-fluid, which is defined as a person who’s gender identity is not fixed, and that the story focused on a cisgender, heterosexual couple.)
Think Vogue is a bit confused on what gender fluidity is! Wearing your gf's T-shirt does not make you gender fluid https://t.co/5yvh8FmUky pic.twitter.com/yPADJDwvPV — Colette Fahy (@colettefahy_) July 13, 2017
— berrault (@jberrault) 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
However, this time, Vogue aplogised for the story. "The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture," a spokeswoman for Vogue told BuzzFeed in a statement on Friday (14 July). "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."