Stereotypically, and perhaps historically, boy bands are founded upon a specific structure. Each member of a group is meant to reflect a certain kind of persona: the heartthrob, the bad boy, the underdog, and so on. One Direction adheres to this form, but perhaps with more autonomy than, say, *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys before them. In their five-year career we saw each member grow up and morph into a young adult, slightly subverting the structure in dress and attitude. In 2014, nearing the end of their career, 1D would release the Danny DeVito-starring “Steal My Girl” video, furthering labeling each guy: Harry Styles as “love,” Niall Horan as “light,” Liam Payne as “power,” Louis Tomlinson as “danger,” and most interestingly, Zayn Malik as “mystery.”
Z spent his time in One Direction in relative silence, hiding from the spotlight of his more talkative band of brothers -- his voice, one that possesses a range beyond the rest of 1D, is only really prominent in song. Now, as a successful R&B solo artist, that juxtaposition has changed. Malik is fully himself now, and he’s vocalizing it in every way -- can you blame him?
It’s very clear on Instagram, where Zayn’s few and recent posts deal only with him as a solo artist now -- One Direction is nowhere to be seen. While 1D will remain forever in our hearts, this Instagram is totally a gift. Keeping that in mind, here are the 10 steamiest Instagram shots our boy Malik has provided.