Vogue Apologizes for Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s “Gender Fluid” Cover Story

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are currently facing serious backlash, but this time it’s not for something they specifically did. The model and the musician covered Vogue magazine’s August 2017 issue wearing each other’s clothes. This shoot was connected to a story inside the mag that said, “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity,” and that’s where the problems started rising.

The couple basically talked about how they share clothes every now and then, which, according to the author, meant that they have a “blasé attitude toward gender codes.” People immediately saw issue with the magazine’s words, because — in case you’re not aware — identifying as gender-fluid means a lot more than just wearing clothing that are technically meant for a different sex. The publication was rightfully slammed by readers who were not only mad that it basically undermined the validity of those who don’t identify with a specific gender, but also chose to use straight, cisgender people as a representation of the community.

A representative for Vogue magazine eventually issued an apology and admitted that they “missed the mark” with the cover story.

“The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture,” a spokeswoman told Buzzfeed. “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.”

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