Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Talk Androgynous Style: 'It's Not About Gender, It's About What Feels Good'

Gigi Hadid and Zayn in the Aug. 2017 issue of Vogue.
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Gigi Hadid and Zayn on the cover of the Aug. 2017 issue of Vogue.

Arguably the most popular millennial couple out there--Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik--have just managed to mainstream a very millennial ideal: gender nonconformity when it comes to clothing and style. 

In the couple's Vogue cover story, the duo talks about how both of them shop out of each other's closets, meaning it's not just Hadid wearing her boyfriend's white button down, but also Malik wearing Hadid's pieces, as well. 

"What was that T-Shirt I borrowed the other day?" Malik, 24, asks Hadid, 22. "I like that shirt. And if it’s tight on me, so what? It doesn’t matter if it was made for a girl," the "Pillowtalk" singer says. 

While this "borrowed from the boys"--and now "borrowed from the girls"--ideal is nothing that fresh, the way both Malik and Hadid think of these stylistic choices, is. "It’s not about gender," Hadid says. "It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment..."

Unsurprisingly, contemporary designers Billboard Style frequently covers and talks to, including visionaries such as Virgil Abloh, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, Hedi Slimane, and Raf Simmons (see his Spring Summer 2018 show of only a few days ago), love dressing the couple for this very reason. 

“If Zayn’s wearing a tight shirt and tight jeans and a big, drapey coat,” Hadid says, “I mean—I’d wear that, too. It’s just about, do the clothes feel right on you?”

Malik wholeheartedly agrees: “With social media, the world’s gotten very small,” he says, “and it can seem like everyone’s doing the same thing. Gender, whatever—you want to make your own statement. You know? You want to feel distinct.”

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