Vogue apologises over Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid 'gender fluidity' comments

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

The couple, who appeared on the cover of the August issue of Vogue US, opened up about their gender neutral closets.

"'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". And if it's tight on me, so what? But as soon as the cover story made its way to the Vogue website, Twitter pointed a big flaw from the story.

"It's not about gender", Gigi had suggested. A Twitter handle shared dismay through a tweet reading, "I've lost respect for Sayn and Gigi after that Vogue interview they aren't even educated on gender fluidity f**king ignorance they are".

"Unlike how this new Vogue cover shoot presents it, the lived experience of being gender-nonconforming is rarely that fun and glamorous..."

Zayn asked Gigi, "What was that T-shirt I borrowed the other day?"

He continued: "While they may be "part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity", they certainly aren't at the forefront of that change; rather, they are the beneficiaries of activism that transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been leading for generations - plural".

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But the apology might have fallen on deaf ears since the backlash of the piece was nearly immediate.

Given Malik and Hadid's status as one of the most photographed straight, cisgender couples in the world, the description of the pair as "gender-fluid" didn't exactly go down too well online.

Gigi is the name on all of our lips, but she just reminded us all of her real name and things just don't feel the same...

Taking a jibe at the cover story, a social media user said if women wearing men's clothing were considered gender fluid, then women from 40s who sported bell bottoms and pants would also qualify in the category. "You know? You want to feel distinct".

"The story was meant to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture", the statement read.

"We do look forward to continuing the conversation with greater sensitivity", the magazine continued.

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