Vogue Apologizes for Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s “Gender Fluid” Cover Story

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are currently facing serious backlash, but this time it’s not for something they specifically did. The model and the musician covered Vogue magazine’s August 2017 issue wearing each other’s clothes. This shoot was connected to a story inside the mag that said, “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity,” and that’s where the problems started rising.

The couple basically talked about how they share clothes every now and then, which, according to the author, meant that they have a “blasé attitude toward gender codes.” People immediately saw issue with the magazine’s words, because — in case you’re not aware — identifying as gender-fluid means a lot more than just wearing clothing that are technically meant for a different sex. The publication was rightfully slammed by readers who were not only mad that it basically undermined the validity of those who don’t identify with a specific gender, but also chose to use straight, cisgender people as a representation of the community.

A representative for Vogue magazine eventually issued an apology and admitted that they “missed the mark” with the cover story.

“The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture,” a spokeswoman told Buzzfeed. “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.”

7 YouTube stars who came out as non-binary in a video:

Connor Manning

Being genderfluid is a way that some describe their experience with non-binary identities. This relates to how they can take on the identity of either gender binary and generally feel somewhere in between. In the words of Connor Manning (a.k.a. AConnMan), the bisexual star says that he doesn't "feel like a guy most of the time, but it's not really something that’s a rigid identity for me."

Connor explained that he doesn't feel like a trans woman, but rather is "somewhere in between." He also said that, at this point, he's still fine with people using masculine pronouns to describe him, but has been testing out more neutral words in hopes of one day getting used to using them.

You can read more about Connor's heartfelt coming-out story here.

Photo: Instagram (@aconnormanning)

Miles McKenna

Miles (a.k.a. MilesChronicles), who once went by Amanda, recently came out as a non-binary transperson. Their channel has always been a space of openness, talking about sexuality and self-love. This new identity revelation has brought non-binary gender expression even further into the spotlight.

Read more about Miles' coming-out story here.

Photo: Instagram (@godhatesmiles)


Lainey's popular YouTube channel, Laineybot, is a little over a year old and has already done some big things. They explore bisexuality, their marriage to a man, agender identity and general life.

See Lainey (formerly known as Taylor) describe their gender identity in their own words here and here.

Photo: Instagram (@laineybot)

Ash Hardell

Ash's channel is fun and honest, including chats with friends and open discussions about whatever is on their mind while drinking a beer. Ash, who identifies as genderqueer, is now married to a person who identifies as greygender.

Watch Ash describe their identity here and here.

Photo: Instagram (@ashhardell)

Ashley Wylde

Ashley Wylde has helped make this entire conversation about gender a little easier by creating the Gender Tag project. Search Gender Tag on YouTube and you'll find hundreds of videos describing a person's own experience with gender, identity and expression through a list of ten questions. This YouTube tag has helped spark a conversation about gender, not only in terms of those who are non-binary, but even giving a more in-depth look at the experience of those who do identify with a binary.

Photo: Instagram (@ashleywylde)

Chandler Wilson

Although agender is right up there in Chandler's bio, they use YouTube for more than just talking about gender and sexuality. Chandler came out to YouTube as agender before coming out to their parents. After a comment on their coming-out video, Chandler also secretly filmed coming out as transgender agender to their mom.

The openness of Chandler's identity combined with an exploration of a wide variety of topics on their channel makes this teen a leader in the non-binary world.

Photo: Instagram (@chandlernwilson)

Milo Stewart

Milo first began identifying as genderqueer between eighth and ninth grades and they have the vintage YouTube footage to prove it. Milo's gender identity then moved to binary trans guy and currently sits with nonbinary. Milo's channel shows that the process of understanding one's own identity can be fluid as someone continues to learn themselves.

Photo: Instagram (@gendertrash)

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