Vogue came under fire this week for misgendering Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid as gender fluid.
The iconic fashion brand called the couple champions of their ‘generation embracing gender fluidity.’
But the internet was not having any of it and now Vogue is backtracking.
In a statement issued on Friday (14 July), 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,’ they wrote.
Gender fluid is a term to describe people who do not fit into gender binaries, i.e. male and female.
Here’s an excerpt of 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.’
Miss Fame claps back at Vogue controversy
Drag Race star, Miss Fame, tweeted her anger over the Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid controversy.
She believes gender fluidity is a lived experience, not shallow lip service to a community.
She tweeted: ‘For Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik to wear opposing gender assigned patterns and cuts does not equate to gender fluid. I am gender fluid and I live it.
‘These models let title apply over the top of highly glossy editorials to stand for something they don’t live. An insult to my community.
‘When we are fighting to have a spot in these industries and feel seen, they can wear our fluidity for a day and make a statement. Insulting,’ she added.