The publication deems Pharrell an agent of change his whole career, he looked different from everyone else in hip-hop, wearing slimmer jeans, more fitted skate tees, and mesh trucker hats. That might not sound earth-shattering now, but at the time he was the first in pop culture dressing like that.
He continued to morph, special-ordering a custom-made Hermès Birkin bag in purple crocodile in 2007, wearing it everywhere. He started wearing Chanel clothes and jewelry, as well as designs by cultish Céline creative director Phoebe Philo. His wardrobe inspired subtle shifts in the culture around him
On Twitter followers: “ Followers. We're followers. And we're not following God. We're following men. So that's spiritual warfare. So 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.“
On gender fluid elements of his style: “ It started with the “I can pull that off” thing...” “ 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.“
On Blurred Lines: “... I didn't get it at first... 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.”
On masculinity: “... 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.”
On the new masculinity: “... Having the willingness to just be.”