When Harry Styles became the first man to cover US Vogue in the magazine’s 127-year history, he faced quite a bit of controversy. Not for the fact that he was posing on his own, but because of the outfit he was wearing on the December cover. I.e. a Gucci dress.

The 26-year-old singer and actor received a lot of backlash for wearing the Gucci ballgown; and one of the critics was controversial and outspoken conservative commentator Candace Owens…

“There is no society that can survive without strong men,” she wrote about the Vogue cover.

“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. Bring back manly men.”

Harry Styles didn’t respond to the criticism or even the praise (of which there was understandably also a lot of!) at the time, but has now commented on the situation in the best way possible thanks to his latest cover shoot with Variety magazine.

On the Variety cover, the former One Direction singer is posing in a light blue suit (which some people may consider quite feminine) with a frilly shirt underneath, while eating a banana.

He shared a photo from the shoot on social media, writing, “Bring back manly men,” as the caption.


So we pretty much think that means that he doesn’t care about the backlash. Not even a little bit.

And we don’t blame him, as it’s hard to complain when you’re draped in thousands of dollars of high-end designer garments and covering some of the biggest publications in the world.

Well played, Harry Styles. Well played!

Do you love Harry’s response to the backlash as much as we do?