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Harry Styles makes history in ball gown as first solo man to grace Vogue cover, ever

Harry Styles is making history. 

The former "One Direction" band member, 26, became the first man to cover American Vogue solo with December's issue – and Styles did it stylishly, in a ball gown. 

The British heartthrob explores gender fluidity on the cover in a lace ballgown by Gucci, crediting his "flamboyant" idols Prince, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Elton John with giving him the confidence to buck the status quo and push boundaries.

"Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away," Styles said in his cover story.

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Harry Styles made history as the first man to grace to cover of American Vogue solo with December's issue.

Styles explained that putting gender labels on clothes is really "just limiting yourself."

He added: "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."

The "Watermelon Sugar" singer's love of fashion started young. 

His sister, Gemma Styles, revealed that, "My mum loved to dress us up. I always hated it, and Harry was always quite into it."

Styles remembered, "As a kid I definitely liked fancy dress."

The freedom to evolve has extended to his music. 

"I think with the second album ("Fine Line") I let go of the fear of getting it wrong and…it was really joyous and really free," he said. "I think with music it’s so important to evolve—and that extends to clothes and videos and all that stuff."

Styles' cover was photographed by Tyler Mitchell, who became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine's 127-year history with Beyoncé photo portraits in 2018.

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