Earlier this month, Harry Styles (opens in new tab) graced the December cover of Vogue (opens in new tab), and discussed his desire to remove gender barriers in fashion (opens in new tab). In the feature, the singer wore both men's and women's clothing, including gorgeous couture gowns, for which he received some criticism. However, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (opens in new tab) is the latest person in the public eye to defend Styles (opens in new tab).
When asked what she thought about Styles's decision (opens in new tab) to wear a dress in the publication, AOC (opens in new tab) replied in her Instagram Stories, "It looks wonderful. The masculine and feminine elements are balanced beautifully – the hair and jacket styling give me James Dean vibes too."
She continued, "Some people are mad at it [because] some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society. Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc. If it does, then maybe that’s part of the point. Sit with that reaction and think about it, examine it, explore it, engage it, and grow with it."
She finished by saying, "What’s the point of creating things if they don’t make people think? Or feel or reflect? Especially as an artist or creative? Who wants to see the same thing all the time? And never explore their assumptions? Anyways it looks bomb so."
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During the original interview, Styles explained, "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."
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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