Tuesday 24 October 2017

Vogue apologises for claiming Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are 'Gender Fluid' as couple appear on US cover

'Wearing your girlfriend's T-shirt does not make you gender fluid'

Gigi and Zayn Malik appeared on the cover of US Vogue
Gigi and Zayn Malik appeared on the cover of US Vogue

US Vogue has apologised for writing that Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid were "embracing gender fluidity" by sharing clothes.

The magazine admitted it "missed the mark" as it faced a backlash online over its cover story about the former One Direction singer and his American model girlfriend.

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik talk gender fluidity as they appear in US Vogue (Inez and Vinoodh/US Vogue)
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik talk gender fluidity as they appear in US Vogue (Inez and Vinoodh/US Vogue)

The couple spoke about borrowing each other's T-shirts in an interview, in which Vogue described them as "part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity".

Many on social media pointed out the term typically refers to people who do not identify as male or female.

"Wearing your girlfriend's T-shirt does not make you gender fluid," wrote Colette Fahy on Twitter.

Hannah Orenstein added: "Zayn and Gigi are profiled in this piece on gender fluidity because... they borrow each other's clothes sometimes?"

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

Others noted that Malik "isn't out here wearing dresses," and suggested it was "such a big jump for the mag to declare gender fluidity".

The article, written by Maya Singer, is accompanied by pictures of the Malik, 24, and Hadid, 22, wearing colourful, androgynous clothing.

It reports a conversation between the couple about each other's wardrobes, with the singer asking his girlfriend: "What was that T-shirt I borrowed the other day?

"I like that shirt. And if it's tight on me, so what? It doesn't matter if it was made for a girl."

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Hadid added: "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."

Malik told the magazine: "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."

Transgender writer Jacob Tobia, in an article for Cosmopolitan, accused Vogue of "using the identities and struggles and activism and brilliance of gender-nonconforming and nonbinary people in order to spice up [its] fall cover of two cisgender celebrities".

Tobia added: "If you're going to talk about a marginalised community, talk to that community."

In a statement, Vogue 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."

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