Harry Styles made history on November 13 as Vogue’s first solo male to appear on its cover but received backlash from author Candace Owens.
Vogue Magazine tweeted, “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.”
The famous magazine featured the former One Direction star on its December issue. In the cover, the 26-year-old star was photographed in a stunning Gucci ball gown. Inside the issue, the singer wore several designer outfits including those from Comme des Garçons Homme and a Victorian number created by Harris Reed.
Many celebrities praised the cover but somehow the New York Times best-selling author slammed it. According to her post on Twitter, “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.”
Once fans saw the tweet, they immediately defended the “Watermelon Sugar” singer. Some A-listers also came to his defence including Olivia Wilde, Zach Braff, and Kathy Griffin who also took to social media to express their views.
Griffin tweeted a warning to the author by writing, “Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.”
Also, Braff tackled the term “manly” and how it can be problematic to some guys. He tweeted, “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly. Life is short. Be whatever the f–k you want to be.”
Meanwhile, Wilde made her comment short. She replied to the author’s tweet by posting, “You’re pathetic.”
However, Wilde praised Styles’ in the Vogue cover story. She said, “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. It’s pretty powerful and kind of extraordinary to see someone in his position redefining what it can mean to be a man with confidence.”