Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik under fire for 'gender fluidity' Vogue cover

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik garnered criticism on Thursday following the release of their new joint Vogue cover for the magazine's August issue.

The superstar couple, who have been dating for about a year and a half, appear on the colorful cover in patterned suits and oversized men's dress shirts alongside text that reads, "Gigi & Zayn shop each other's closets."

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The accompanying cover story proclaims that "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity." Vogue's evidence that Hadid and Malik are embracing gender fluidity? They dress in each other's clothing.

"I like that shirt," Malik says about a recent shirt he borrowed from Hadid's closet. "And if it's tight on me, so what? It doesn't matter if it was made for a girl." Hadid responded by saying that "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."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on May 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on June 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Gigi Hadid attends a private event to honor Anna Wintour being appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Gigi Hadid is seen on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on June 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Model Gigi Hadid is seen on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Gigi Hadid seen out in Westvillage on June 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Gigi Hadid seen out in Manhattan on June 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on June 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Gigi Hadid seen out in Manhattan on June 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on June 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Model Gigi Hadid is seen in NoHo on May 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Gigi Hadid is seen on May 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on May 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Model Gigi Hadid (L) and singer Zayn Malik are seen walking in Soho on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Gigi Hadid seen on the streets of Manhattan on her birthday on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Gigi Hadid seen out in Manhattan on April 13, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Gigi Hadid seen out in Manhattan on April 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Model Gigi Hadid is seen on April 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Model Gigi Hadid is sen walking in Soho on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on April 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Gigi Hadid and Yolanda Foster seen out for dinner in Manhattan on March 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Gigi Hadid is seen on March 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Gigi Hadid seen on the streets of Manhattan on March 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Gigi Hadid leaves The Smile on March 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: Model Gigi Hadid arrives to attend the 'V Magazine' dinner at Laperouse restaurant on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Model Gigi Hadid leaves the 'Chanel' Rue Cambon office building on March 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Model Gigi Hadid is seen on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 01: Model Gigi Hadid arrives at BALMAIN office building on March 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: Gigi Hadid and Zayne Malik leave their hotel on February 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: GIgi Hadid arrives at a fitting on February 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24: Gigi Hadid is seen before the Versace Fashion Show in the streets of Milan during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on February 24, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Timur Emek/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Gigi Hadid leaving Nobu restaurant in Mayfair after dinner before heading to Annabel's for LFW a/w 2017: Love Me 17 X Burberry party on Day 4 of London Fashion Week February 2017 on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid are seen leaving the Anna Sui fashion show during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Gigi Hadid seen out in Manhattan on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Model Gigi Hadid is seen on February 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 10: Model Gigi Hadid is seen leaving the Jeremy Scott collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Model Gigi Hadid is seen on February 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by gotpap/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on February 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: Gigi Hadid is seen on February 02, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Model Gigi Hadid leaves her apartment on February 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Model Gigi Hadid is seen on January 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Model Gigi Hadid enters her Noho apartment on January 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Gigi Hadid seen in Midtown Manhattan on January 18, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Model Gigi Hadid is seen walking in Soho on January 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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Twitter users were quick to point out that labeling Malik and Hadid's tendency to share clothing as "embracing gender fluidity" demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of what gender fluidity means. Someone who is generally considered to be gender-fluid doesn't identify with a single or fixed gender, so saying that Hadid and Malik are embracing gender fluidity because Hadid sometimes decides to dress herself in menswear and Malik wears tight clothing designed for women is objectively incorrect.

"Zayn and Gigi are profiled in this piece on gender fluidity because...they borrow each other's clothes sometimes?" one person wrote on Twitter in response to the cover story. Another said "[I] think Vogue is a bit confused on what gender fluidity is! Wearing your gf's T-shirt does not make you gender fluid."

Throughout their August cover story, Vogue quotes high-profile designers who describe their willingness to blur the lines between the masculine and feminine, which are all worthwhile and important trends to highlight as the fashion industry moves towards embracing less binary definitions of what men's and women's clothing look like.

The problem lies in the fact that they mislabeled the trend, and one might expect more from the most respected fashion magazine in the world.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik seen out together before Zayn iHeart Radio concert on March 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Zayn Malik and girlfriend supermodel Gigi Hadid help a fan that fainted after seeing the couple leaving their East Village apartment on March 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik help a fan than that fell in front of them on March 25, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid (L) and Zayn Malik attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid (L) and Zayn Malik attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik departs The Carlyle on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik departs The Carlyle on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attends 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zayn Malik (L) and Gigi Hadid attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik arrive for the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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