Pharrell Williams speaks his mind and shows off his colorful style for GQ. The trendsetter cover the men’s magazine’s April issue, sporting designer spring fashions including a Lanvin suit, Prada Hawaiian shirt, purple Polo Ralph Lauren sports jacket, and Louis Vuitton blue suede hoodie.
In addition to flaunting his fashion, the “Happy” hitmaker discusses the controversy over his G I R L album cover, losing the Oscar to Frozen‘s “Let It Go” (“Is it going to be here for 10 years—that song from Frozen?”), and his infamous Vivienne Westwood hat.
He also explains why Hillary Clinton should be the next president. “We’re about to have a female president. Hillary’s gonna win,” says Pharrell.
See more photos and read highlights from the interview below.
On losing the Oscar for Best Original Song to Frozen: “Well, trust me: when they read the results, my face was…frozen. But then I thought about it, and I just decided just to…let it go.”
On why Hillary Clinton should be the next president: “Let me tell you why Hillary’s going to win. Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods; you got the Crips. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there’s unity. There’s gonna be unity. … Hillary’s gonna win. Listen, I’m reaching out to her right now. She’s gonna win.”
On the Tea Party: “The Tea Party guys? The guys with the n***er jokes in 2014? They’re all trying to learn how to do the Dougie. Please. While their daughters are all twerking. Trust me: Miley tells me all the time. Not saying that about Billy Ray, but I’m saying Miley tells me all the time: all those little girls, all those girls with their Republican daddies, they’re twerkin’ somewhere listening to Jay Z and Beyoncé and doin’ the ‘Happy’ dance. And that’s black.”
On his G I R L cover controversy: “It doesn’t make sense to me. That kind of divisiveness is not necessary at a time when we’re supposed to be unifying. That’s what happiness is all about, and if you look at my ‘Happy’ video, I had everybody in there: fat, skinny, gay, straight, purple, polka-dot, plaid, gingham print, houndstooth, alien. I fuckin’ had dogs in there! I had children in there! I had kids in there! I’m the most indiscriminate person that there is! I believe in equality.”
On his infamous buffalo hat: “Anything different, people are going to look at and go, ‘Ha ha ha ha, what is that??’ Then, after a while, they do a little bit of research; they realize it’s Vivienne Westwood, an ode to her boyfriend at the time; they had a store together called World’s End. The guy who went on to sign the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren.”
On if he regrets the trucker hat: “No. Uh-uh. I always did the same thing. I’ve dressed like I make my music. With the trucker hat, it was just a different time. And it was just N.E.R.D. time for me, you know? And that’s what we represented—like, the anti-media image. We represented the real: black kids that skated.”
On his relationship with corporate America: “I’ve been lucky enough to be received with open arms. And I think Kanye has too, to a certain extent, and he’ll tell you that. I think he was just voicing his opinions of, like, the cons of his experiences. And he’s since then tried and been making a very serious effort to show people his appreciation. So it’s different.”