Harry Styles has well and truly shafted the toxic masculinity to the back of the auditorium as he graced the cover of US Vogue in a glorious Gucci gown this week – marking the first solo male endeavour for the American publication.
The former One Direction star waxed lyrical on a range of topics in the accompanying interview, including his time in the boy band, his celebrated foray into film, as well as his personal style inspiration.
Rocking an array of outfits designed for all genders no genders at the same time, Harry shared his thoughts on wearing clothes designed for women, saying once you take down any barriers you’re freeing yourself up to enjoy so much more.
Harry told the publication for its December issue: ‘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.
‘I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything—anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.’
In the lengthy interview, written by Hamish Bowles, the Watermelon Sugar superstar also opens up on his time in One Direction and auditioning for X Factor (‘I went to the audition to find out if I could sing’) as well as feeling at ‘home’ in his London pad, which he’s been bunkered down in after returning from spending part of lockdown in LA.
He also opened up about his adoringly loyal fandom, saying he was looking forward to getting back out on the road and touring his latest tunes once more – once it’s safe – as he noted ‘being up against people is part of the whole thing. You can’t really re-create it in any way’.
Adding he used to throw up from pre-performance nerves in his One Direction days (not that you’d ever know it having seen the superstar strut his stuff on stage), Harry said he was lucky to have such strong fans backing him the whole way.
He went on: ‘…I’ve felt really lucky to have a group of incredibly generous fans. They’re generous emotionally—and when they come to the show, they give so much that it creates this atmosphere that I’ve always found so loving and accepting.’
Fans were busy picking their jaws up off the floor after Harry’s cover landed online this afternoon, with one requesting: ‘Petition for vogue to give us a tour of harry styles’s closet, say i to sign.’
Others were loving the fact Harry’s beloved white Vans made it into one of the shots.
Harry was also praised by his sister Gemma, who also starred in the shoot for a spread inside, she wrote on Twitter: ‘Vogue December 2020 @Harry_Styles The first man to appear solo on the cover of @voguemagazine.
‘So proud of who you are. Thanks for asking m.’
Read Harry’s full interview in the December issue of US Vogue.
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