The One Direction star Harry Styles became the first man to appear on Vogue cover alone. For the shoot he wore a lace dress under his tuxedo.
Vogue has been one of the top monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine for over a century now. However, since its inception, it has only featured men on the cover 10 times, though never by themselves. The One Direction star Harry Styles became the first man to appear solo in this year’s December issue, which displays him on the cover wearing a Gucci jacket and dress.
"There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.": Read our full December cover story starring @Harry_Styles here: https://t.co/yILujUQQae pic.twitter.com/qwpGKBSQey— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 13, 2020
In the interview that accompanied the photoshoot he shared his thoughts on personal growth, touching on his musical style, fashion choices and cultural awareness. Styles detailed that he doesn’t think about fashion being “clothes for men and clothes for women” - suggesting those who do are “limiting” themselves.
“Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play.”
The 26-year-old further said,
“I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything—anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”
Despite his views, the pictures on the Vogue cover, as expected were criticized. Candace Owens, an American conservative author, commentator, and political activist, known for her right-wing opinions was one of the people who criticized styles.
According to her, the photoshoot made Harry look weak and that he was being ‘feminised’ in the images. She wrote,
“There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.”
There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 14, 2020
It is an outright attack.
Bring back manly men. https://t.co/sY4IJF7VkK
However, Harry had a couple of people backing him as well. Olivia Wilde, who is set to star alongside Styles in the upcoming movie Don’t Worry Darling, quickly made clear that Owens’ opinions on Styles’ look weren’t welcome. Responding to Owens on Twitter, Wilde wrote, simply: ‘You’re pathetic.’
You’re pathetic.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 16, 2020
While talking about the shoot, Wilde said,
“To me, he’s very modern, and I hope that this brand of confidence as a male that Harry has – truly devoid of any traces of toxic masculinity – is indicative of his generation and therefore the future of the world. I think he is in many ways championing that, spearheading that.”