Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's New Vogue Cover Landed the Magazine in Hot Water

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's New Vogue Cover Landed the Magazine in Hot Water

Vogue admits the story on gender fluidity "missed the mark."

By Adele Chapin
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Gigi Hadid's newest Vogue cover is so controversial, the magazine just issued an apology for its cover story. If you'll remember, the tagline for Gigi's August issue with boyfriend and pop star Zayn Malik read "Gigi & Zayn shop each other's closets." Now Vogue is admitting they may have read way too much into that idea with a story dubbing this particular wardrobe-sharing couple as "gender fluid."

Here's Twitter's take on Vogue's story and headline:

Writer Akosua Johnson (who identifies as non-binary) laid out the problems with Vogue's story in a Fashionista op-ed: "In a series of increasingly vague quotes about "blasé" attitudes, misplaced Virginia Woolf references and wildly inaccurate interpretations of what being genderfluid actually means — all made by people who do not identify as genderfluid themselves — the piece manages to erase and dismiss an entire group of people."

After all this backlash, a Vogue spokeperson apologized to BuzzFeed on Friday for the story, saying: "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."

The headline to the story now reads: "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Who Don’t See Fashion as Gendered." Meanwhile, neither Gigi or Zayn has weighed in yet on the story on social media, although they shared plenty of photos from the shoot — and they both look great in a suit.

GIRLS IN SUITS @voguemagazine August @inezandvinoodh @tonnegood

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