Hadid and Malik, who have been dating since 2015, are featured on the magazine's August cover story, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are Part of a New Generation Embracing Gender Fluidity." In the article, the two are quoted saying they sometimes borrow each other's clothes but not that they identify as non-binary or gender-fluid.
"The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture," Vogue's statement read. "We are very sorry the story did not correctly reflect that spirit - we missed the mark. We do look forward to continuing the conversation with greater sensitivity."
Vogue also changed the headline to: "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Part of a New Generation Who Don’t See Fashion as Gendered."
But the apology might have fallen on deaf ears since the backlash of the piece was almost immediate. See some of the best reactions to Vogue's cover story below.
Vogue put Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik on the cover of their "gender fluidity" issue to highlight the importance of ... swapping clothes? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/inf5l4ANJ5— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 14, 2017
Put a Black Trans woman on your cover Vogue!!— Miss Queen Sateen (@sateenie) July 15, 2017
is vogue aware that there r actual, real life, gender fluid people out there pic.twitter.com/qulVQb8VYJ— iced coffee queen (@girIsmyage) July 13, 2017
Vogue went from 100 to 0 real quick pic.twitter.com/q1xbMG9Bb0— ️ (@justinsamulet) July 13, 2017
so now vogue has issued an apology? This whole thing reaks of a desperate and sad pr stunt.— Violet Chachki (@VioletChachki) July 15, 2017