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GQ Cover Star Pharrell Williams Isn’t Concerned With Societal Norms, Lets ‘New Masculinity’ Guide His Fashion Choices

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Pharrell Williams has been rocking to the beat of his own drum when it comes to fashion for the longest. Now, the coined term “new masculinity” pretty much sums up his fashion flare. And he tells GQ magazine all about it inside….

P couldnt give a damn about your "societal norms."


When we think of Pharrell Williams, dope beats and fashion are two of the first things we associate with the award-winning producer. Over the years, he has blessed the masses with some fire tracks and several edgy looks. He def marches to the beat of his drum – literally – in music and fashion.

On the cover of GQ’s new issue – dubbed “The New Masculinity” issue – the multi-hyphenated entertainer dons an ensemble that def has the signature Pharrel steez on it. The writer described the cloak he wore – a collaboration between Moncler and Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli - as “dorm room comforter chic.”



The “Happy” rapper said when he first saw the cloak he knew it would looking bomb in it.

“When I saw the look, I didn’t question it. I still don’t know if it’s unisex or not. All I knew was, it’s going to look amazing, and I think that’s the new masculinity,” he told GQ. “Having the willingness to just be. Just live and let live. I mean, how fucking insecure must you be, as a human being, that because you are uncomfortable with doing something, somebody else shouldn’t be able to do it? I don’t accept that. That’s unacceptable to me.”

While he does have some reservations, the platinum selling artist – who was the first celeb to collaborate on a collection with Chanel - said he’s going to wear whatever he feels will look good on him.

“I do have my lines. Like, I can’t wear no skirt. Nor am I interested in wearing a blouse. That’s not my deal. But things that are made for women that I feel will look good on me—that I like—I will wear,” he says. “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...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.”



The 46-year-old talked about dressing gender fluid before it became a “thing.”

”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. He credited artists like Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert, who are seemingly blurring the gender lines of fashion

”And my point is, why not? What rule [is there]? And 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.”

Speaking of blurred lines…

The GIRL rapper also talked about his controversial track “Blurred Lines,” toxic masculinity and if the #METOO movement helped his raise awareness:

“No. I think “Blurred Lines” opened me up. I didn't get it at first. Because there were older white women who, when that song came on, they would behave in some of the most surprising ways ever. And I would be like, wow. They would have me blushing. So when there started to be an issue with it, lyrically, I was, like, What are you talking about? There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it—women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it's like, What's rapey about that?”



“And then I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, Got it. I get it. Cool. My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel. Even though it wasn't the majority, it didn't matter. I cared what they were feeling too. I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn't realized that. Didn't realize that some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind. And then here comes “Happy,” a record that I didn't write for myself, that I ended up being on, that made people feel happy. I wrote that song for CeeLo. I don't have the capacity to write that kind of song for myself. When I do songs for myself, they're always too complicated, and too smart, with six bridges. Because I'm weird like that. But when I do stuff for other people, that allows me to channel things for them, and so the universe set up the perfect conditions to get me to write a song like that. That made me cry. It literally made me cry. Like, I was on the Oprah show for my birthday, and she showed me a video of people around the world singing that song, and that shit fucked me up. Bad. I was never the same. So I don't beat on my chest. I haven't been the same since any of that music.”

He then shared his own personal definition of masculinity:

”I think the truest definition of masculinity is the essence of you that understands and respects that which isn't masculine. If you ask me, when we talk about masculinity, it's also very racial, this conversation. Because the dominant force on this planet right now is the older straight white male. And there's a particular portion of them that senses a tanning effect. They sense a feminizing effect. They sense a nonbinary effect when it comes to gender.”

You can read his full GQ cover story here.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at his photoshoot below:




Photos: lev radin / Shutterstock.com

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