Outrage of the hour: The latest issue of Vogue features Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid on the cover; and touts their relationship as “part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity” in the headline.
The reason? Sometimes Zayn borrows her clothes. The story — which opens with a long evocation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando — writes that “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik snuggle in interchangeable track suits.”
For these millennials, at least, descriptives like boy or girl rank pretty low on the list of important qualities—and the way they dress reflects that.
“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.
As you can imagine, Twitter denizens think it’s a considerable stretch to describe either of them as gender fluid:
Vogue really got Zayn and Gigi to do an article on Gender Fluidity? pic.twitter.com/pOuRS6l7w6
— ?Diet Thug ? (@FrankieVII) July 13, 2017
zayn malik: i wear my gf's shirt sometimes
vogue: ZIGI TAKE ON GENDER FLUIDITY!!!
— GROSE (@LUV4ADRiAN) July 13, 2017
are vogue's arms tired from the reach that is the "gender fluidity" issue with gigi and zayn on the cover just both in suits. pic.twitter.com/5NwRuWWQ4B
— jenny (@jennylroth) July 13, 2017
Zayn and Gigi are profiled in this piece on gender fluidity because… they borrow each other's clothes sometimes? https://t.co/ItswHOaBUd
— Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens) July 13, 2017
gigi and zayn: we share clothes!!!!
vogue: rEVOLUTIONARY ???? pic.twitter.com/gtLHsSBqz0
— lucas (@rhymresh) July 13, 2017
doesn't vogue think non binary/gender fluid people would have been great to talk to abt gender fluidity? not gigi hadid and zayn malik?
— Shannon Steck (@shannonsteck) July 13, 2017
Why the fuck is Vogue praising Zayn and Gigi for "gender fluidity" just because they borrow each other's clothes? LMFAO. I can't.
— Claire Underwood (@fakekarlie) July 13, 2017
Me reading that Vogue article talking about Zayn and Gigi embracing "gender fluidity" because they wear each other's clothes sometimes: pic.twitter.com/OcZZ2H1ZP2
— Panini Leakes (@JMayMixtape) July 13, 2017
Soooo Vogue picked Gigi and Zayn…who are both cis…to do a feature about gender fluidity? pic.twitter.com/pm30RQ2b6d
— Auntie Lys ?? (@BadMonaLyssa) July 13, 2017
Was there really no other reason Vogue could think of to put Gigi+Zayn on the cover than making gender fluidity about them sharing clothes?
— Nisha Jaswal (@nisha_jaswal) July 13, 2017