Pharrell Williams Covers GQ, Discusses Sexism, Spirituality

Pharrell Williams GQ

Pharrell Williams might finally be looking his age after decades of convincing us that he’s a vampire or maybe his current look is an act to throw us off his scent.


Well, the recording artiste, producer and entrepreneur was on the cover of GQ magazine and amongst other things, spoke about evolving masculinity, spirituality and his personal style.

Pharrell Williams GQ

He spoke on how he likes to separate the things he does and how he doesn’t want to be too boxed in.  ‘I like to keep things separate. Because I don’t want to get tired of myself. It’s cool to work in different disciplines, but it’s annoying to come off like an arrogant Swiss Army knife. I like to keep things separate so that there’s still that element of surprise. I think that’s important when it comes to any kind of art: the element of Wait, what? Rather than I did this, and that, and this, and that’. he said.

Pharrell Williams GQ

Another thing of note that Pharrell Williams touched on was his single with Robin Thicke and rapper TI, ‘Blurred Lines’ which in the light of the current climate has been under scrutiny as a song that encouraged sexism. Pharrell says that after some education, he now realises that the song does indeed add to the sexism problem.

Pharrell Williams GQ

He said:  “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?’”

Pharrell Williams GQ

Pharrell then explained that he now gets it and that he understands that while he himself will not indulge in such behaviour, the language used in the song is one that is common of men wanting to take advantage of women.  “It doesn’t matter that that’s not my behaviour. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women.”

He added: “[I] realised that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn’t realised that. Didn’t realise some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind.”

You can check out more photos of Pharrell Williams below.

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Photographs by Micaiah Carter
Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu
Grooming by Johnny “Cake” Castellanos
Set design by David Browne
Produced by Connect the Dots

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