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After Twitter Backlash, Vogue Apologizes for Calling Zayn & Gigi Hadid Story 'Gender Fluid'

Monday Jul 17, 2017

After people expressed outrage on social media, Vogue magazine is apologizing for an upcoming cover story with model Gigi Hadid and pop star Zayn Malik, who are currently dating, where they were labeled gender fluid.

Last week, Vogue revealed the cover of their August issue and that their cover story is called, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity." (It appears as though the title has been changed to "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Who Don't See Fashion as Gendered.")

The story discusses how the couple are "part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity." At one point, the author writes the celeb couple have a "blasé attitude toward gender codes" because they share clothes.

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

"It's not about gender," Hadid adds. "It's about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it's fun to experiment."

BuzzFeed reports the story didn't sit well with a lot of people, many of whom expressed their outrage and confusion on Twitter. "RuPaul's Drag Race" star Miss Fame was one of the many who took issue.

After the Twitter backlash, a Vogue spokeswoman issued an apology via BuzzFeed.

"The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture," she said. "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."

Click here to read the full Vogue cover story.


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