Millennial power couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik were on the cover of Vogue together while wearing suits that don't match each other's ensemble or even their outfit's individual elements. The issue, which features the cover line "Gigi & Zayn Shop Each Other's Closets" is causing quite an uproar, but not for the reasons you might think. In a statement to Bustle, a Vogue spokesperson said,
UPDATE: In a statement to Bustle, 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."
EARLIER: For the August 2017 cover of the fashion glossy, the supermodel and the singer were styled in pantsuits. The ever-stylish duo are wearing extremely bright and incredibly adventurous mixed prints while posing. Hadid has a lot going on with her cover look, working three different prints. She has shown an affinity for pants of late, so of course she took it to a whole other level for this Vogue cover.
Her hair is swept back off her face, and she is grinning while rocking a brick red lip as her longtime boyfriend nuzzles her cheek, with his blond tips in full view. Malik's blazer is also sprinkled with bling, while his hand tattoos are on display.
However, not everyone is stoked about Gigi x Zayn Vogue cover. In the feature, the magazine refers to the duo as being "part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity" and breaking gender codes, mostly because they are wearing similar styles. Twitter is none-too-thrilled with this because not only do clothes not have any gender, but sharing items from each other's closets also certainly does not equate to being "gender fluid." Bustle reached out to Vogue for comment.
Here are the mixed-print pantsuits. And here are some of the responses.
Clothes don't have gender @ vogue— leti (@iamready2run) July 13, 2017
There is the long and the short of the issue that most people have with the cover story. Gender fluidity goes much deeper than a celeb couple wearing pantsuits every now and then, or in Zayn's case, rocking a traditionally "feminine" print.
vogue is calling it "gender fluidity" i call it ugly jackets— Gerri ✨ (@cherhorowiz) July 13, 2017
That said, some users aren't loving the outfits themselves. But as people on Twitter have said, calling this "gender fluidity" feel like more than a bit of a stretch.
Gigi: *wears gucci men's suit*— Sex and The City Hoe (@hautevogues) July 13, 2017
Vogue: "😍gigi hadid, queen of gender fluidity😍"
This user says the same thing in a different way — Vogue is pushing it by labeling Hadid and Malik the new embracers of gender fluidity whether or not you like their mixed print pantsuits. How people identify themselves is incredibly important and personal, and using terms like 'gender fluid' appropriately and accurately is key when it comes to protecting and respecting those identities. Unfortunately, Vogue missed the mark on that with this issue.
Update: “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 Vogue Spokeswoman