It took a few weeks, but British music star Harry Styles has finally responded to Candace Owens’s criticism of his Vogue cover.
On Wednesday, the “Watermelon Sugar” singer shared a photo with his 33.5 million Instagram followers with a clear dig directed at Owens, the 31-year-old Black conservative commentator known for her “proud” support of President Trump and for her attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 26-year-old singer-songwriter used Owens’ own words against him to clap back at her — all while wearing a baby-blue Palomo Spain suit and ruffled blouse.
He is also eating a banana.
Last month, Styles made history by becoming the first man to grace the cover of U.S. Vogue by himself.
And, to make the issue even more historic, the former One Direction heartthrob was photographed wearing a stunning full-length, lace-trimmed Gucci gown — in an unapologetic celebration of gender fluidity.
While music fans and fashion-lovers alike were quick to praise Styles for his groundbreaking achievement, Owens was less than impressed, taking to social media to express her feelings toward his fashion choices.
“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,” she tweeted, adding the singer’s style was “an outright attack.”
“Bring back manly men,” she concluded.
Which was precisely what he did — in Styles’ own interpretation of the meaning of “manly men.”
The singer’s masterful — and attention-grabbing — banana photo has quickly gone viral, and was liked by more than 5.2 million Instagram followers within its first five hours of publication.
The photo is part of a spread for the latest issue of Variety, out on Wednesday, in which he graces the cover of the publication’s “Hitmaker of the Year” issue.
In the cover story, headlined, “This Charming Man: Why We’re Wild About Harry Styles,” the fashionista extraordinaire goes deeper into his love for beyond-gender clothing.
“To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes. 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,” he said. “Those lines are becoming more and more blurred.”