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In an interview with GQ magazine Pharrell dug deep into masculinity and gender fluidity within fashion. The 46-year old music mogul/ fashion icon expressed how it took a while for him to grow into his current understanding of flexibility in fashion for men. Keep in mind Pharrell is known to rock a good bag, especially if it’s from Chanel!
“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. 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.”
Pharrell did mention that he wouldn’t be the one to wear a skirt or a address, nonetheless there shouldn’t be anything wrong with a man doing so. Pharrell also addressed the controversy he and Robin Thicke faced on behalf of their hit record ‘Blurred Lines.’
“In the beginning, he explained that he did not understand why people were so upset, however, after some reflecting he was aware of the problem: “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. 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.”
Read the full interview HERE