Piers Morgan branded Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of American Vogue ‘a bit weird’ during a heated debate on Wednesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain.
The pop hunk, 26, made history as the first solo male cover star of US Vogue in its 127 years, in a shoot which saw him wear a dress and feminine garments.
Following the shoot’s release, Candace, 31, hit headlines by blasting the styling and the ‘steady feminization of our men’, calling for society to ‘bring back manly men’.
Debate: Piers Morgan branded Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of American Vogue ‘a bit weird’ during a heated debate on Wednesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain
The debate – chaired by Piers and Susanna Reid, saw model and activist Rain Dove and journalist Sally Jones debate the hotly-contested topic.
Piers said: ‘I’m not saying I’m against it, I’m not saying I’m for it, I’m just saying it’s all a bit weird.’
Susanna called out: ‘For the same reason women are allowed to wear trousers…’ before Piers responded: ‘But Harry Styles looks weird here, it’s all a bit weird. He’s not going to go out for dinner like this.’
The debate saw gender non-conforming model Rain argue everyone has the right to define what manly is while Sally was adamant that women want manly men.
Rain said: ‘Everybody has the right to absorb other people’s aesthetics how they see fit. This isn’t about a need thing, this is about a want thing.
Icon: The pop hunk, 26, made history as the first solo male cover star of US Vogue in its 127 years, in a shoot which saw him wear a dress and feminine garments
‘I think one of the really great things you do Piers is you stick up for the right for free speech and free expression and free choice. It’s a free choice issue, you don’t have to like the Harry Styles dress but Harry Styles shouldn’t go to jail for the dress.
‘People should wear what is best for them to access the world around them and access their confidence.’
Piers brought in Sally, saying: ‘There is an argument that women will say “what on earth is he doing, I don’t want my husband popping on the old Versace dress.”
Sally said: ‘You can see that Harry Styles is just wearing that dress to cause a sensation. Perfectly nice looking, attractive straight guy, looking perfectly OK, just a bit weird in a dress.’
Bring back manly men or not? The debate – chaired by Piers and Susanna Reid, saw model and activist Rain Dove (left) and journalist Sally Jones debate the hotly-contested topic
Piers continued: ‘He’s pushing the boundaries of fashion. The question is, some women say he looks great – how many women would like it if their husband turned up for dinner in a dress. That’s the question.
Susanna interjected, saying: ‘Why are we extrapolating from one fashion shoot to suddenly the collapse of civilisation?’
Piers retorted: ‘If a bloke turned up in a dress to take you for dinner, would you go out with him?’ with Susanna saying: ‘Why not?’
Comment: Piers said: ‘I’m not saying I’m against it, I’m not saying I’m for it, I’m just saying it’s all a bit weird’
Candid: Rain said: ‘Everybody has the right to absorb other people’s aesthetics how they see fit. This isn’t about a need thing, this is about a want thing’
Rain then joked: ‘Another thing you’re good at Piers is staying out of other people’s business. You’re inserting yourself into Susanna’s love life and asserting how she may or may not feel.
A playful Piers responded: ‘She is my TV wife, I do see these men as love rivals in a way!
The debate comes as Harry’s mother Anne Twist spoke out in defence of his divisive Vogue shoot, which led to criticism from conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Harry’s mother Anne, 51, spoke on ITV’s Lorraine on Tuesday about the shoot, claiming she may have played a part in the superstar singer’s love of androgyny.
She said: ‘I think maybe I had something to do with it because I was always a big fan of doing fancy dress with the kids when they were smaller, which his sister hated but Harry always embraced. But who doesn’t love doing a bit of dress up?’
James Bond vibes: Sally said: ‘You can see that Harry Styles is just wearing that dress to cause a sensation. Perfectly nice looking, attractive straight guy, looking perfectly OK, just a bit weird in a dress’
Anne appeared from her Cheshire home via video link to chat to Lorraine Kelly and defended her son and the fashion bible’s artistic direction.
Her chat comes after Olivia Wilde defended Harry over the weekend, when Candace criticised him for wearing a dress in his new Vogue shoot.
The conservative commentator took umbrage to the star’s shoot, writing on Twitter: ‘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.’
Hitting out: Speaking on Lorraine on Tuesday, Harry’s mum Anne defended her son and the stunning shoot
Slam: Right wing media personality Owens said of the shoot: ‘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’
Way back when: Anne attributed his style to his love of dressing up as a child
Concluding her fiery tweet, the right wing media personality, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, asserted: ‘It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.’
Responding to the tweet, Olivia Wilde – who announced her engagement with Jason Sudeikis had ended this weekend – simply wrote: ‘You’re pathetic.’
Candace then directly referenced Olivia’s recent split when she shockingly hit back: ‘You’re single for a reason.’ The tweet was subsequently deleted.
The actress and filmmaker, 36, recently spoke about her excitement about landing Harry in her new movie, Don’t Worry Darling.
Sweet: Anne gushed over both Harry and his sister Gemma during the chat
My boy: She said: ‘I think maybe I had something to do with it because I was always a big fan of doing fancy dress with the kids when they were smaller which his sister hated but Harry always embraced. But who doesn’t love doing a bit of dress up’
‘[Costume designer Arianne Phillips] and I did a little victory dance when we heard that we officially had Harry in the film, because we knew that he has a real appreciation for fashion and style,’ she told Vogue.
In recent years, right wing activist Candace has drawn attention for her social media confrontations with a host of celebrities and public figures, including rapper Cardi B.
She founded the ‘Blexit’ campaign to encourage black voters to ‘exit’ the Democrats as a play on Brexit, the term for Britain leaving the European Union.
Candace is now married to British-born Peter Farmer, whose father Lord Farmer was a major supporter of Brexit.
Comments: Candace, 31, took umbrage to the star’s shoot, writing on Twitter over the weekend, ‘There is no society that can survive without strong men’
The conservative firebrand also formed a friendship with Kanye West, soon after he publicly expressed public support for President Trump.
In his new groundbreaking shoot for Vogue, fashion-conscious Harry wears a Gucci dress, complete with lace overlay and a low neckline.
The engaging image captures Harry wearing the blue garment beneath an androgynous black blazer as he blows a balloon, a long stretch of open grassland visible to his rear.
In an accompanying interview the One Direction star admitted he enjoyed dressing up and was not prohibited by pre-conceived barriers regarding what people of opposing sexes should and should not wear.
Defending: After coming across the fiery tweet Olivia Wilde, left, leapt to the defence of Harry
Low blow: Olivia hit back by branding Candace ‘pathetic’, prompting the media personality to return a low blow as she stated, ‘You’re single for a reason’. The tweet was soon deleted
He said: ‘Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with… 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.’
He added: 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.’
Another picture in the series finds the singer sporting a white a pink tutu over a generously cut suit as he poses in the countryside, while others find him modelling a series of kilts.
In one the singer’s famous butterfly torso tattoo is clearly visible beneath an open jacket as he bounces on a small trampoline in a high-waisted variation of the traditional Scottish garb.
Reflecting on his life away fashion and music, Harry told the publication that meditation has helped improve his mental health.
He said: ‘It has changed my life, but it’s so subtle. It’s helped me just be more present. I feel like I’m able to enjoy the things that are happening right in front of me, even if it’s food or it’s coffee or it’s being with a friend—or a swim in a really cold pond!
‘Meditation just brings a stillness that has been really beneficial, I think, for my mental health.’
The full interview is available in the latest edition of US Vogue.
Think pink: Harry has never been afraid to experiment with fashion and was previously spotted wearing pink nail polish