Vogue is sorry ’bout it.
The fashion magazine has apologized for its controversial August cover story, “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity.” In the article, the author describes the young couple as having a “blasé attitude toward gender codes” because they sometimes share clothes.
The feature came under fire on social media earlier this week for referring to a straight cis couple who swap shirts as genderfluid, as well as for confusing androgynous fashion choices with genderfluidity.
“I like that shirt,” Malik says, referring to Hadid’s Anna Sui 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 agrees. “It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment.”
“Think Vogue is a bit confused on what gender fluidity is! Wearing your girlfriend’s T-shirt does not make you gender fluid,” wrote one Twitter user. “Is Vogue aware that there are actual, real life, gender fluid people out there,” tweeted another.
Following the backlash, a Vogue spokesperson issued an apology on Friday. “The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture,” she said in a statement. “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.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Miss Fame was among the cover story’s biggest critics, calling it “an insult to my 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.”