Harry Styles graced the cover of fashion publication US Vogue in a dress for its December 2020 issue. Doing so, he made history as the magazine’s first-ever solo male cover star in 128 years. While many celebrities and his fans applauded the British pop singer’s new bold look, conservative commentator Candace Owens called it an “outright attack” on “many men.”

26-year-old Cherry singer Styles is known for his gender-fluid style. This time he wore a ball gown paired with a black tuxedo jacket for the Vouge shoot. During an earlier interview with the magazine, the Fine Line singer said, “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.”

Owens, 31, wrote while retweeting the photoshoot, “There is no society that can survive without strong men.”

Owens called the feminisation of men in the West, “an outright attack”  in her tweet. “Bring back manly men,” she further added. The tweet has so far garnered more than 157.6k likes. Responding to her remarks, actress and filmmaker Olivia Wilde’s tweeted: “You’re pathetic.”

Despite facing backlash over her comments, Owens refused to apologise and further tweeted, “Since I’m trending I’d like to clarify what I meant when I said ‘bring back manly men.’ I meant: Bring back manly men. Terms like ‘toxic masculinity’ were created by toxic females. Real women don’t do fake feminism. Sorry I’m not sorry.”

Ben Shapiro, a conservative pundit, agreed with Owens and shared her tweet, adding: “Anyone who pretends this is not a referendum on masculinity for men to don floofy dresses is treating you like a full-on idiot.”

Many fans came out to defend Styles on social media. “Idk about you but i think that there is nothing more manly then a man being so secure with his masculinity that he can wear a dress,” another user commented, while another fan account pointed out, “CLOTHES DON’T HAVE GENDER.” Another user simply wrote, “Wtf stay mad.”

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