Zayn Malik reckons he's 'setting trends': Here's a few times he did just that

'Cos badger quiffs just weren't a thing before

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We've always thought of Zayn Malik as a forward-thinkin' little fella. And, yeah, he knows it. Yesterday he tweeted to let us all know that he's 'setting trends :)' with a noughties-style smiley face. At least we assume he means *he's* the one setting trends, anyway.

So this got us a-thinkin' - what we should probably do at this point is look back at all those times he was a proper PIONEER. All those times he threw caution to the wind and did his own thing. All those times el Maliko decided it was his way of the zighway. You ready to reminisce?

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1. Before he decided it wasn't cool, boy bands danced.

Remember, like, *NSync and Backstreet Boys? Well they were all about those slick(ish), choreographed moves back in the day. Until Zayn (then Zain - he even made people wanna change their NAMES) came along and that was history. Finito. Officially uncool.

Then boy bands sort of just walked up and down the stage and wore banana costumes and stuff. Nothing was ever the same.

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2. He went pastel before Biebs.

Sorry mate. Zayn was the zendsetter. Y'all be followin' like sheep or some shit.

3. Oh, and speaking of the hair...

This badger quiff situation:

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Must've inspired *this*, right? It's the only logical explanation.

Go grab a copy of OK magazine to see mine and @betsyblueoffic shoot :)

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RIP Stereo Kicks. Gone but never, ever forgotten.

4. Uh, so Zayn showed off his nose piercing back in April 2015

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Cut to December 2015 and oh heyyy, Troye Sivan.

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5. The same day el Maliko's lot teased this on Instagram...

Big Payno teased via the very same medium. COINCIDENCE? HMM?

Little Song I wrote for fun yesterday

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The evidence is conclusive really. Zayn Malik is, indeed, setting trends in Z016.

What d'ya make of that, eh? Give us a tweet over @sugarscape or drop a comment in the fancy box thingy below, please and a-thank you very much.

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