Pharrell Williams covers GQ‘s “New Masculinity” issue photographed by Micaiah Carter and styled by Mobolaji Dawodu.
On the new masculinity: “…I think that’s the new masculinity. 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.”
On there being gender-fluid elements to the way he dressed long before it became a national conversation: “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 wearing some pieces of womenswear: “Well, I’m ashamed to say it was an aesthetic choice first. I liked something, and I put it on. Then the philosophy came behind it. And 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.”
Cover: Moncler 1 Pierpaolo Piccioli Coat from the Fall 2019 Collection
Image: Raf Simons Embellished Coat from the Fall 2019 Collection
[Photo Credit: Micaiah Carter/GQ Magazine, Courtesy of Moncler, rafsimons.com]