Twitter wasn't happy after Vogue released an homage to gender fluidity by having heterosexual cisgender celeb couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik wearing crazy jackets on its August 2017 cover.
And following the backlash, Vogue has done something that the venerable publication rarely does — it apologized.
In the magazine's formal apology, a representative stated that Vogue understands that it screwed up.
“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," a Vogue representative said.
When the gender-fluid fashion editorial was first released, Gigi, Zayn, and Gigi's younger brother all touted their gender-fluid dress habits, and Twitter wasn't having it.
In the article, Hadid said to Malik, "I shop in your closet all the time, don't I?" and Malik said he didn't mind borrowing his girlfriend's T-shirts from time to time.
Although the editorial featured Hadid and Malik wearing similar clothes or Malik wearing items from women's collections and vise versa, many people were upset since there are gender-fluid couples in existence, but they weren't featured.
We're glad to see increased awareness about gender fluidity and see an open dialogue result in tangible change.
But maybe — just maybe — the next time a magazine runs a major feature on non-binary identies, it could do its homework first.