The former One Direction boys (who insisted they’re just on a “hiatus” but come on, do we really still believe that?) have been fairly quiet of late. We recently saw Harry Styles resurface to get his testicles demolished by former first lady Michelle Obama in a spirited game of dodgeball, and now we’re being treated to Irish snack Niall Horan looking all suave on the cover of a high-fashion magazine.

Gracing the cover of Harpers Bazaar Vietnam for… er, reasons (?!), Niall graces the glossy mag looking very fetching in a mauve turtleneck and khaki slacks with glamorous model Madison Kirkbride placed neatly between his legs.

According to the mag’s Insta post, it’s one of 8 covers to celebrate the title’s 8th birthday, with other covers featuring the likes of Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth and Olivia Culpo.

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Harper's Bazaar celebrates our 8th year in Vietnam. Number 8 represents perfection and prosperity in Asian culture. Our international artistic teams have travelled from continent to continent to accomplish 8 limited covers and editorial features. Our birthday covers are graced by international sensations such as Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, Nana Komatsu, Niall Horan, Cecilia Cheung, Madison Kirkbribe, Elena Matei, Gabriela Isler, Olivia Culpo, Zuleyka Rivera and Vietnamese fashion KOL's Kelbin Lei and Châu Bùi. This is our special gift to express gratitude and elation to our beloved readers and supporters. Thank you very much! On this cover: @niallhoran and @madison.kirkbride Stylist: Brandon Nicholas and Art Hunter Makeup: Jenny Ventura Hair: Claudio Lazo Producer: Ilaria Niccolini Excutive Producer: Cory Couture Productions Director : Linda Phung Ấn bản tháng 08.2019 là số báo đặc biệt, kỷ niệm 8 năm Harper’s Bazaar có mặt tại Việt Nam. Số 8 tượng trưng cho sự may mắn và thịnh vượng. Vì thế, ekip quốc tế của chúng tôi đã di chuyển qua nhiều châu lục để thực hiện 8 phiên bản bìa đặc biệt giới hạn để trao tặng độc giả nhân dịp sinh nhật 8 năm. 8 phiên bản bìa kỳ này với sự xuất hiện của những ngôi sao quốc tế như Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, Nana Komatsu, Trương Bá Chi, Niall Horan & Madison Kirkbride, Elena Matei, bộ ba Gabriela Isler – Olivia Culpo – Zuleyka Rivera bên cạnh phiên bản bìa chính với sự xuất hiện của 2 fashionistas đình đám Việt Nam, Kelbin Lei và Châu Bùi. Đây là món quà đặc chúng tôi dành cảm ơn sự ủng hộ nhiệt tình của các bạn trong thời gian qua. Chân thành cảm ơn các bạn. #bazaarloves #birthdayisssue #specialcovers #harpersbazaarvietnam #niallhoran #madisonkirkbride

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While it’s not a competition, the comments on this particular cover are that it’s the best, which to be honest are coming from endlessly loyal One Direction fangirls and boys who just love anything that the band does.

Over on Twitter, people are excited.

And offended:

And grateful:

And giving credit where credit is due:

And, well, this:

It seems high fashion model Niall is a raging success. Your move, Harry Styles.

Niall Horan

Image: Getty Images / Dave J Hogan