By Chloe Fang
Have you ever heard of the song “Watermelon Sugar”? How about “Sign of the Times”? Both of these iconic songs were written and performed by the British pop star, Harry Styles. You may know him from One Direction, but this thriving artist has done so much more. Through creating his own label, he created his own style and personality. His new musical persona is reflected in his bright and unique fashion choices, influencing his viewers to be their best selves and express their individuality.
This fashion and musical icon celebrated his 27th birthday on February 1st, while on the set of “Don’t Worry Darling”, directed by Olivia Wilde. Despite his youthful age, Harry Styles has accomplished much more than the average 27-year old could ever dream of. His strides in the music and fashion industry have made him one of the most influential celebrities debunking gender stereotypes. In November 2020, Harry Styles posed for the cover of Vogue magazine in a floor-length, light blue dress. While Styles has worn unique outfits in the past, he has never worn an outfit as spectacular and ground-breaking as this breathtaking ensemble. Harry Styles believes, “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” (Vogue).
Although Styles’s supporters agree with his idea of genderless fashion, others do not, and that has led to some backlash in our society. Some believe that there are certain items of clothing meant strictly for women, such as the dress Harry Styles was pictured wearing on the front cover of Vogue magazine. Many of his critics stood behind this phrase: “Bring back manly men.” This quote only motivated Harry Styles to express himself and encouraged his supporters to speak out against hateful remarks regarding masculinity. Samantha Grech noted, “Harry Styles’s Vogue photoshoot was very controversial, but it overall showed the world that there are no gender restrictions on clothing.” Samantha’s positive view of genderless clothing was fully influenced by Harry Styles’s advocacy.
Harry Styles’s confidence in the fashion industry has grown his support significantly, making him one of the most fashion-based influential celebrities of our time. Jillian Nichols, a junior at Byram Hills and a huge fan of Styles remarked, “Harry Styles has allowed his supporters to express themselves and not be afraid of the critiques of our society.” Jillian stands behind Harry Styles’s message of empowerment being the key to success, and she shows her support by expressing herself through her love of fashion and unique outfits.
Styles has been an inspiration to many through his music, fashion choices, and strong advocacy for crossing gender lines. His birthday on February 1st was a day to celebrate his accomplishments and the support he has generated by speaking up against gender restrictions. Harry Styles is an inspiration to all, and everyone should take a page out of Harry Styles’s book. Express yourself, don’t be afraid to take risks, and always remember to…
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