Vogue is being hit with a deluge of criticism with regards to their latest cover story featuring supermodel Gigi Hadid and her musician boyfriend Zayn Malik.
The story, which intended to celebrate the duo for being “part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity”, puts the couple front and centre of a complex conversation, with text on the cover that reads: “Gigi & Zayn shop each other’s closets.”
Gender fluidity, which is a term used to describe someone who does not identify as having a fixed gender, is a concept the magazine appears to suggest should be spearheaded by a couple who, in the past, have not identified as anything other than male and female and who simply and occasionally swap clothes.
As per the piece:
“I shop in your closet all the time, don’t I?” Hadid, 22, flicks a lock of dyed-green hair out of her boyfriend’s eyes as she poses the question.
“Yeah, but same,” replies Malik, 24. “What was that T-shirt I borrowed the other day?”
“The Anna Sui?” asks Hadid.
“Yeah,” Malik says. “I like that shirt. And if it’s tight on me, so what? It doesn’t matter if it was made for a girl.”
Hadid nods vigorously. “Totally. It’s not about gender. It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment…”
According to Micah Scott, the CEO of Minus18 – Australia’s largest youth-led network for gay, bi, lesbian and trans teens – regardless of intention, a feature story that suggests being gender fluid and sharing designer clothes are the same thing will always be the focus of attention and criticism.