Vogue is in trouble with magazine consumers and social media users everywhere for its August 2017 cover, which features iconic model Gigi Hadid and her pop icon boyfriend Zayn Malik wearing each other’s clothes.
Now while many agree that the cover was indeed gorge and all the things that high fashion is made of, Vogue’s writer for the article did not seem to understand what “gender fluidity” is.
In the article, Hadid and Malik are crowned as the next gender fluid icons because they reveal how they now and again like borrowing each other’s clothes. In the article, Hadid is quoted as saying “I shop in your closet all the time, don’t I?”, to which Malik agrees and also discloses that he also borrows from her clothing items without a care whether the clothes are too tight or whether they are made for females.
While the couple can be commended on their open-mindedness, they do not identify with being gender neutral but rather view the exchange as something they try out often when they basically have nothing better to do. The two also go on to identify themselves as man and woman in the article, which reveals the writer’s misinterpretation of the term “gender fluid”, which basically means not identifying with a specific gender and being genderless so to say.
Noting their mistake following the huge outcry from the public, Vogue issued an apology one day after the article was published, admitting to have misrepresented what the movement of gender fluidity is.
If the article was written within the right context, perhaps the publicity would have been fantastic as Vogue is one of the world’s leading powerhouses. With this being said, fashion has the power to change perceptions as it is mostly based on the designer’s artistic impressions of everything that’s going on in the world around them. Maybe with their next article, more research will be done and perhaps then they’ll convey the link between fashion and society better.