My favorite character from TLOZ is Sheik, and it just dawned on me that people still hanv't made up there minds as to what gender Sheik may be. To make it clear the only person who can officialy claim Sheiks gender would be miyamoto, creator of Zelda. This only opinion.
Sheik first apeared in TLOZ OOT and was a disguise used by Zelda to remain hidden from gannondorf. Shieks figure was almost entirly masculent and many belive Zelda made a differant persona/body gender change and all to avoid detection.
In Super smash brothers melee & brawl Sheik is a female both in gender and figure. (this may or may not have been because of the fact that there were few female characters and/or that shiek was directly tied to zeldas character so this also does not confirm anything)
The remastered version of TLOZ OOT, sheiks figure was changed slight to apear more feminine, wether intentional or not.
The main reason this topic is controvercial is because shiek is zelda, and zelda is a girl so therfore shiek must be a female as well.
My opinion: I belive that Shiek is a male. Zelda intended on a male disguise to remain undetected from gannondorf and did this change with magic, i do not belive it was as simple as a change in clothing otherwise there would be no debate. Sheik is a whole other persona and this is why think sheik to be male.
Once again, no way to prove 100%. There is a differance between making a realy good point, and claiming "this is for shure".
Thanks for reading have a nice day!