Many celebrities are coming to Harry Styles‘ defense after Candace Owens said he wasn’t “manly” for wearing a dress. That’s right, for those who missed it, the One Direction member is all about breaking gender norms, and when he graced the cover of Vogue for their December 2020 issue and proudly wore a dress, fans were living for it. But when Owens slammed him for it, she quickly started to receive a lot of backlash online.

“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 wrote on Twitter.

Who Even Is Candace Owens?

Candace Owens

For those who don’t know, Owens is a conservative author, commentator and political activist. She used to be the CEO of a company called Degree180 — a marketing agency that offered consultation, production and planning services. In 2016, she attempted to launch SocialAutopsy.com — a website that was going to be used to expose bullies on the Internet by tracking their digital footprint. It was never created.

What Celebrities Have Defended Harry Styles?

After Owens made her comment, a ton of stars spoke out and defended Styles, including Olivia Wilde. As fans know, Wilde is directing the new movie Don’t Worry Darling, which Styles was recently cast in.

“You’re pathetic,” she responded.

Styles’ costar Florence Pugh‘s boyfriend, Zach Braff, also chimed in, adding, “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly. Life is short. Be whatever the f**k you want to be.”

Jonah Marais from Why Don’t We also showed his support for the “Sign of the Times” member.

“Harry Styles is doing everything right. So funny to see these conservative people getting so heated because he’s pushing gender norms in the dopest way,” he wrote. “MEN AND WOMEN CAN DRESS HOWEVER THEY WANT. It’s 2020. shut up, your small mindedness is showing.”

Last but not least, Jameela Jamil tweeted, “Harry Styles is plenty manly, because manly is whatever you want it to be, not what some insecure, toxic, woman-hating, homophobic d**kheads decided it was hundreds of years ago, He’s 104 percent perfect.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

What Has Harry Styles Said About Breaking Gender Norms?

During the singer’s interview with Vogue, he got real about the way he dresses and breaking gender norms.

“I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. 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 explained. “What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play. I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything—anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”

“What women wear, what men wear — for me it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies,’ I think, ‘Okay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though.’ I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier,” the musician also told The Guardian in December 2019.

Is This The First Time He Wore Something Dramatic?

Harry Styles Watermelon Sugar

No — definitely not! When Styles hosted the Met Gala in May 2019, he sent the entire internet into a frenzy when he wore a custom Gucci suit, complete with lace, frills and more. He finished the outfit off with one pearl earring, and boy, did he look amazing. The pop star also wore a gold-embroidered pink tutu for his Saturday Night Live promo, and fans were obsessed with the look.

Liam Payne Previously Shaded The Way Harry Styles Dresses

Liam Payne

During an interview with The Face in December 2019, Styles’ former bandmate Liam Payne threw some low-key shade towards the way he dresses.

“With Harry, there’s so much mystery around who he’s kind of become,” the “Strip That Down” crooner explained. “I was actually genuinely looking at some pictures of him the other day, and I just thought, ​I don’t know what more I’d say to him other than, ​Hello’ and ​How are you?’ I mean, look at the stuff I put out, and the stuff Harry puts out. Polar opposite. I’m like the antichrist version of what Harry is. For me, it’s a case of fair play to him for doing what he f**king wants. If he wants to wear one earring and go to the Met Gala wearing something unexpected, what of it? Fair f**king play. I couldn’t put myself in that. I’d look f**king… It’d look weird.”

Plus, back in 2017, Glamour UK asked the singer if he’d trust Styles to babysit his son, Bear, and he said he wouldn’t want Styles to influence the toddler’s style.

“I couldn’t rely on Harry ‘cause I feel like my child would come out dressed in something that I just wouldn’t understand,” he told the publication.

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