Vogue apologises for gender-fluid cover with Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

US Vogue's August cover was criticised for using Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik as an example of gender fluidity.

US Vogue's August cover was criticised for using Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik as an example of gender fluidity.

Vogue has apologised after a cover story which presented Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik as an example of gender fluidity was criticised online. 

Hadid and Malik, a straight, cisgender couple, are on the cover of the US magazine's August issue. In the accompanying story, Hadid and Malik described borrowing each other's clothes. 

"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," Hadid said. 

Reactions online were mixed, at the very least. Hadid and Mailk look gorgeous, but wearing each other's clothes isn't the same as having a diverse gender identity. 

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Gender fluid, like genderqueer or non binary, is one of a group of terms used by people who don't fit into the male-or-female gender binary. Exact definitions tend to be personal to the people who use them. 

"Think Vogue is a bit confused on what gender fluidity is! Wearing your gf's T-shirt does not make you gender fluid," said Colette Fahy on Twitter

"Yes hello police, Gigi Hadid wore pants last week and now vogue is calling her a gender fluid icon," joked Max Lakin

After the backlash, Vogue responded to Buzzfeed saying they recognised they'd got it wrong. 

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"The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture," a spokeswoman told the site.

"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."

Buzzfeed also pointed out that some praised Vogue for choosing Malik, a Muslim man, for their cover. 

 - Stuff


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