After the backlash his album cover for Girl brought to the internet, Pharrell Williams is retaliating in print, telling GQ Magazine – where he is the cover star for April’14 – that black women “don’t need nobody to represent” them.
Alongside his colourful editorial (which you can see, here) the star goes in, saying of the problem people had with that infamous cover;
“It’s insecurity. You can be anything that you want to be, and what I chose to do is put my friends on the cover. The girl that was closest next to me is black, but they didn’t know that, so they jumped the gun. And it’s like: ‘Yo, you don’t need nobody to represent you. You represent you. You represent the best version of who you could be. You go out there and change the world.’”
The Oscar-nominated producer, performer and style icon has defended claims he doesn’t support black people, saying;
“I’m black, and I wouldn’t trade my skin color for nothing. But I don’t need to keep wearing a badge that tells you that I’m black every time I do something! I’m black! My mother’s black, who’s a big part of my business; a black woman runs my business; and I’m married to a black woman. What more do you want?”
Well, we at SPICE would give anything to see the faces of those that Pharrell’s responding to, and throw in a piece from the upcoming Adidas Originals collaboration, and we’re ‘happy.’
Image source: Gq.com