Harry Styles sparked outrage among some pundits who view his latest Vogue cover, featuring the artist blowing a balloon while dressed in a ball gown and custom Gucci jacket, as an attack on traditional masculinity. But now the artist’s mother is coming to his defense.
During an interview with British daytime show Lorraine, Harry’s mother, Anne Twist, fully embraced the singer’s cross-dressing photoshoot. “Who doesn’t love playing dress up?” the mother emphatically asked. It turns out Harry is an OG when it comes to sporting women’s clothes. “I think maybe I had something to do with it," she said, "because I was always a big fan of doing fancy dress with them when they were smaller, which Gemma [sister] hated, but Harry always embraced."
Styles’ sister remembers those days fondly, telling Vogue, "My mum loved to dress us up... I always hated it, and Harry was always quite into it… Harry also had a little dalmatian-dog outfit.” We’re willing to pay top dollar for anyone that can unearth a picture of Harry sporting this apparent “dalmatioan-dog outfit” (OK, maybe not top dollar). Needless to say, pictures or it didn’t happen.
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The photoshoot became an inflated fiasco after conservative pundit Candace Owens posted a scathing reaction, denouncing the One Direction member’s apparent shirking of gender norms. “There is no society that can survive without strong men,” Owens writes.
“The East knows this. In the West, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack.”
In the Vogue piece, Styles is candid about his infatuation with traditional women’s clothes. “I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing,” he tells the publication. “…You can never be overdressed. There’s no such thing.”