Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Sinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick MORE (D-N.Y.) is defending Harry Styles after the singer drew criticism from prominent conservatives for donning a dress in a photo on the cover of Vogue magazine.
In a message posted on her Instagram story on Saturday night, the progressive congresswoman said the dress looked “wonderful” and that the “masculine and feminine elements are balanced beautifully -- the hair and jacket styling gives me James Deans vibes too.”
“If it does,” she continued, “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. 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 things all the time? And never explore their assumptions,” she added, adding that the dress “looks bomb.”
Ocasio-Cortez joins a chorus of celebrities and high-profile figures who have come out in defense of Styles after he drew criticism from conservative pundits on social media for wearing a dress during a photo shoot for the magazine.
Actress and director Oliva Wilde also defended the singer, along with "The Good Place" star Jameela Jamil and others, after pundits questioned Styles’s masculinity shortly after photos emerged.
The viral moment comes several years after Young Thug, another musician known for gender-bending fashion choices, drew criticism as well as praise for sporting a dress on the cover of his 2016 mixtape, “No, My Name Is Jeffery.”