Image Credit: Vogue Magazine / Inez & Vinoodh Photography.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are one of those couples that we all gush over, because they look oh so picture perfect.
But the couple have found themselves in some deep water, with fans slamming their recent cover and feature in Vogue magazine.
The magazine is currently facing criticism for trying to allegedly make Gigi and Zayn the centre of attention in a complex and important conversation of gender fluidity, saying that they are both “part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity” because “Gigi & Zayn shop each other’s closets.”
Gender fluidity is a term that describes someone who doesn’t identify as having one fixed gender, but the magazine has been criticised for seemingly suggesting this concept is led by Gigi and Zayn wearing each other’s clothes.
The article read, “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…”
This piece has since been slammed by fans and members of groups, like Micah Scott (CEO of Minus18 - Australia’s biggest network for gay, bi, lesbian and trans teens, led by our youth), who has said that the article suggests that gender fluidity is the same as sharing clothes.
Micah spoke with Mamamia, saying, “In cases like this, there are a lot of sensitivities around identity and using other people’s culture and their identity for personal gain, whether that be selling magazines or music or art.
“People’s lived identities, particularly in this community, are the reason for discrimination, prejudice and violence, so when other people use these identities for their own personal gain, that’s when people begin to take issue.”
“On the other hand, it’s not up to us to own the identity. If someone identifies at gender fluid, that’s theirs to own as well.”
Fans have called for more diverse representations of gender fluidity to be showcased.