The former One Direction member finally spoke up against his haters. Last month, author Candace Owens slammed Styles for his Vogue cover where he was featured wearing a Gucci dress. She took to Twitter to express her thoughts including, “Bring back manly men”.
On December 2, the 26-year-old singer shared a photo of himself on Instagram where he’s seen wearing a Palomo Spain suit while eating a banana. This is from his photo shoot for Variety Hitmaker of the Year. He captioned his post, “Bring back manly men.”
It didn’t take long for fans to immediately pick up his message. One of his followers commented, “Omg, the caption. “We stan.” Another commentor pointed out, “HE CALLED HER OUT. AS HE MF SHOULD.”
His fans weren’t the only ones who shared their support for Styles. Many celebrities also expressed how much they like the photo. Marc Jacobs commented with hear emojis. Queer Eye star Tan France wrote, “YES PLEASE, IF THEY LOOK LIKE THIS.”
On the other hand, Owens had a different interpretation. She commented, “Thank God you agree. Harry Styles promoting Candace Owens.” She also mentioned he looks great on his cover but added that he doesn’t look masculine.
The singer opened about is fashion statements with Variety saying, “To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes. And I think what’s exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn’t have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred.”
Likewise, Styles also talked about it in his Vogue interview. He said, “The people that I looked up to in music—Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John—they’re such showmen. As a kid it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. 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. 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.”