Cop a gander of Pharrell Williams!
The hitmaker cuts a striking a figure a-front of GQ Magazine‘s New Masculinity Issue – which is billed as an exploration of the ways that traditional ideas of masculinity are being challenged, overturned, and evolved.
Head below to see the ‘Happy’ crooner pose it up and open up about his take on the discourse surrounding what masculinity is in 2000-and-now.
On Covering The New Masculinity Issue:
“Well, when it comes to having this conversation, I don’t necessarily know that the masculinity is new as much as the conversation is new.
When you offered for me to be a part of this conversation, I’m like, “Yeah.” Because think about it. What is happening to a transgender person? What are they going through? They feel like their body is not connected to their spirit. And what kind of toxic environment do we live in that they have to justify how they feel? That must feel incredibly insane. That is spiritual warfare. So I wanted to be in the conversation. On the surface, it is an older-straight-white-male world. But it has prompted this conversation that I think is deeper than what the new masculinity is or what a non-gender-binary world looks like. I think we’re in spiritual warfare.
On Whether He Feels His Privilege Requires Him Speaking Up:
I’m not, like, an activist. And I don’t think my opinion is everything. I don’t know anyone else’s plight. I can just say, for me, the minute that I stopped worrying about what other people thought, and stopped catering to the fears that are taught to you—the minute that I let all that shit go—that’s when I started, like: Oh, that Chanel belt? I could wear that. That Chanel hat? I like it. I could pull that off.
On Gender-Fluid Elements Of His Outfits:
It started with the “I can pull that off” thing. I wore a lot of Chanel, and I wore tons of Céline. Like, I got all the O.G. Céline. Because they were clothes I could fit in. When you listen to yourself and you’re comfortable in who you are, you wear what you feel like fits and looks right on you. And that’s it.
On Critics Of Alternate Expression:
When people start using religion as the reason someone shouldn’t wear something, I’m like, What are you talking about? There was no such thing as a bra or blouse in any of the old sacred texts. What are you talking about?I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today.
“Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place.”