Pharrell Chats About Race, Politics and Fashion as GQ 's Cover Guy

Pharrell Williams, GQ

Pharrell Chats About Race, Politics and Fashion as GQ 's Cover Guy

He explains the story behind the Vivienne Westwood hat and whether he regrets his trucker hat phase.

Published March 25, 2014

Pharrell Williams might have gotten snubbed at the Academy Awards this year, but the singer-songwriter is still as "Happy" as can be. In his colorful photo shoot for GQ's April cover story, Pharrell chatted about race, Hillary Clinton and how he handled his disappointment when Frozen's "Let It Go" took home the Oscar for Best Song.

"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," he said.

Williams is one of three covers for the magazine's Style Bible issue and in his cover story, the fashionable musician discussed some of his most talked-about looks, like that Vivienne Westwood hat that sparked an entire meme.

"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," Williams explained.

He also addressed his signature trucker hat and if he regretted that fashion statement.

"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."

To read what else he had to say about being a maverick, the Tea Party and why he feels that Hillary Clinton will win it all if she decides to run for the presidency, click here. always gives you the latest fashion and beauty trends, tips and news. We are committed to bringing you the best of Black lifestyle and celebrity culture.

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(Photo: GQ Magazine, April 2014)

Written by Dorkys Ramos


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