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Harry Styles hits back at criticism over wearing dress on Vogue cover

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Musician Harry Styles hit back on Wednesday after facing criticism from some conservative commentators and activists for wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue.

The “Watermelon Sugar” singer on Wednesday shared a photo of himself in a blue suit and eating a banana on Instagram with the caption “Bring back manly men.”

The caption is a reference to criticism from conservative activist Candace Owens. After Vogue released its December cover story featuring images of Styles wearing a Gucci jacket and dress, Owens tweeted “Bring back manly men” and claimed that “there is no society that can survive without strong men.” 

Several celebrities were quick to defend Styles over the cover. Actress and director Olivia Wilde directly responded to Owens’s criticism, tweeting “You’re pathetic.” 

Actress Jameela Jamil also tweeted at the time, “Harry Styles is plenty manly, because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic  dickheads decided it was hundreds of years ago. He’s 104% perfect.” 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) praised Styles for the photo, sharing on her Instagram story that 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.”

“Some people are mad at it bc some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society,” she wrote. “Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc.”

“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?”

Styles in his interview with Vogue said that “I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit.” 

“Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with,” he said. “What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away.”

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