Let this be a message to wear whatever you want!
The other week, Harry Styles graced us with his presence on the cover of Vogue and DAMN, did he look good. But his look, in particular the fact that he wore dresses, was bashed by a few online. Of course, fans rightfully came to his defense.
But Harry is certainly not the first man or celeb to subvert gender expectations in their fashion.
While anyone, cisgender or not, should wear whatever the hell they want, it’s important to pay homage to the queer people who broke gendered fashion barriers first.
In order to celebrate wearing whatever the hell you want, I’ve put together a list of awesome examples of celebs saying “screw it” to gender norms in their fashion.
Actor Billy Porter at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Rapper Young Thug on his “No, My Name IS Jeffery” album cover
Singer Camila Cabello the 2018 Taylor Swift Reputation tour
Rapper Bad Bunny in his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video
Nonbinary actor Amandla Stenberg at the 2018 American Music Awards
Singer Annie Lennox performing
Singer Grace Jones performing in Amsterdam
Jennifer Lopez at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards
Nonbinary fashion icon Jonathan Van Ness at a 2020 Oscars viewing party
Nonbinary singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe at the 2018 Grammy Awards
Nonbinary singer Sam Smith with their Attitude Person of the Year Award
Genderqueer model and artist Chella Man in a dress from his own Opening Ceremony collection
Singer and actor Zendaya at the 2019 Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party
Musician and writer Patti Smith at a rally celebrating the end of the Vietnam War
Actor Michael Urie at the 2019 Met Gala
Actor Katharine Hepburn in general
Madonna at the Heathrow Airport
TV personality Bobby Berk at a 2020 Oscars viewing party
Prince celebrating his birthday and Purple Rain’s release
David Bowie at a London concert in 1973
Actor Ruby Rose at the 2019 Australians In Film Awards
Actor Blake Lively at the UK A Simple Favor premiere
Musician and actor Jaden Smith at the Justin Bieber’s Believe premiere
Singer Lil Nas X at the 2020 Grammys
Gender fluid actor Nico Tortorella at Love Ball III
Elton John performing onstage
Basketball player Dennis Rodman at a Maxim event
Musician Harry Styles at the 2019 Met Gala
Actor Kristen Stewart at a San Sebastian Film Festival red carpet
Musician Kurt Cobain on the cover of The Face magazine
And finally, psychic Walter Mercado posing for a portrait
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