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Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid accused of culturally appropriating gender fluidity

Gender fluidity is a new concept that more millennials are embracing, but some don’t fully get what it means. (Vogue Magazine Photo)

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are arguably the most recognizable and beloved celebrity millennial couples. However, after being featured in the cover story in August’s edition of Vogue, liberals are starting to sing a different tune after the couple’s embrace of gender fluidity.

HuffPost’s James Michael Nichols was one of many liberals who accused Malik and Hadid of culturally appropriating gender fluidity. He cited examples of Malik wearing a shirt made for a girl and saying, “so what?” and Hadid insisting that “It’s not about gender. It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day.” Her biggest takeaway is that “it’s fun to experiment.”

Showbiz’s Colette Fahy wrote on Twitter that gender fluidity is a little more than just borrowing an item from the opposite sex.

As a result of this criticism, Vogue has since apologized for making the claim releasing a statement, “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.”

This misfire from Vogue comes after their sister publication, Teen Vogue, started to become one of the main voices of The Resistance following Donald Trump’s victory in November, propelling columnist Lauren Duca to stardom with her infamous article, “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America.”

In it, she wrote, “Trump won the Presidency by gas light. His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, we must regain control of the truth. If that seems melodramatic, I would encourage you to dump a bucket of ice over your head while listening to “Duel of the Fates.” Donald Trump is our President now; it’s time to wake up.”

Both publications that are traditionally about fashion and lifestyle have embraced their roles of being more political under the age of Trump, seeking to drive those who are typically apathetic to politics into the fold.


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