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Harry Styles is the first man to ever appear solo on the cover, Styles was lensed by Tyler Mitchell and styled in an assortment of outfits, including a sky blue lace Gucci gown. The 26-year-old “Watermelon Sugar” singer, who is known for not shying away from traditional style norms,  spoke at length with Hamish Bowles in Vogue about his attitude towards getting dressed and his viewpoint on gender-fluid fashion in general. “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,” he said.

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The mag has been such a sellout success that Condé Nast has rushed to order more copies. The outlet adds that fans of the former One Direction member are on waitlists at stores across the country, waiting to get their hands on the issue.

While the December issue was praised for breaking down barriers, it didn’t come without criticism either. Conservative commentator Candace Owens tweeted, “There is no society that can survive without strong men. 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.”

Owens’ tweet was slammed by Styles’ devout fans and celebrities including Jameela Jamil and Olivia Wilde.

Styles clapped back to the tweet with a post on Instagram. “Bring back manly men,” the Grammy nominee, 26, wrote on Wednesday, December 2, alongside a photo of him eating a banana in a frilly pale blue suit.

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Styles also discussed the drama in Variety’s Hitmakers issue, which was published on Wednesday and named him Hitmaker of the Year.

“To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes,” he said. “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.”

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