If there's one thing Harry Styles will never be ashamed of, it's his love for high fashion! The singer and actor opened up to Variety about how he felt seeing such negative reactions to his Vogue cover, in which he was wearing traditionally female clothing.
Styles, who made history being the first solo male to appear on the publication's cover, announced why he doesn't care who has a problem with his fashion choices - including Candace Owens!
Harry Styles calls out his haters
Despite Styles making history as Vogue's first-ever male to appear solo on a cover, some had a problem with the photos, which included Styles in traditionally female clothing.
Styles announced that fashion is one of his greatest passions, including his enjoyment of challenging traditional gender boundaries, something not everyone is on board with!
Some called out the musician for what he chose to wear on the cover, with right-wing commentator Candace Owens saying that it was damaging to society.
"To not wear [something] because it's females' clothing, you shut off a whole world of great clothes," Styles said to Variety. "And I think what’s exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn’t have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred."
Styles also appeared to mock Owens for her comments, posting a photo from his Variety shoot to his Instagram wearing a baby blue suit while eating a banana. The caption for the photo quotes Owens' remarks saying, "Bring back manly men."
Styles also goes on to talk about how COVID has affected him as an artist, saying, "It’s been a pause that I don’t know if I would have otherwise taken. I think it’s been pretty good for me to have a kind of stop, to look and think about what it actually means to be an artist, what it means to do what we do and why we do it. I lean into moments like this — moments of uncertainty."
He also went on to talk about the George Floyd killing and his take on the Black Lives Matter movement, admitting he hasn't always been as vocal as perhaps he should be.
"Talking about race can be really uncomfortable for everyone," he said. "I had a realization that my own comfort in the conversation has nothing to do with the problem — like, that’s not enough of a reason to not have a conversation."
"Looking back, I don’t think I’ve been outspoken enough in the past," he continued. "Using that feeling has pushed me forward to being open and ready to learn. How can I ensure from my side that in 20 years, the right things are still being done and the right people are getting the right opportunities? That it’s not a passing thing?"
Styles has also been recognized for his 2020 album Fine Line and is up for a string of 2021 Grammy awards.
Styles shared that while he is humbled and honoured, "it’s important when making any kind of art to remove the ego from it."
He concluded his interview by quoting Matisse, saying, "It’s about the work that you do when you’re not expecting any applause."