Pharrell Becomes the First Man Ever to Be Featured in a Chanel Handbag Campaign

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06:  Pharrell Williams walks the runway during "Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite" show on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Pharrell Becomes the First Man Ever to Be Featured in a Chanel Handbag Campaign

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Published March 13, 2017

Fashion's embrace of gender neutrality continues to flourish. Pharrell stars in Chanel's latest campaign, consequently making him the first man to appear in a handbag advertisement for the fashion house. And he definitely rocks the murse (that'd be man-purse), might we add.

Chanel's choice in Pharrell isn't entirely surprising, as the artist has been a Friend of Karl (FOK) Lagerfeld for some time now. He formerly starred in a short film alongside model Cara Delevingne, another FOK, in which the pair sang a duet. He's also been rocking Chanel on every single red carpet this awards season and we can't remember the last time we didn't catch the father of four at a Chanel show. 

(Photo: Chanel)
(Photo: Chanel)


“I was like a nerdy little Black kid on a skateboard. So looking at high-end fashion was something that I really didn’t understand in the very beginning. And then I realized, slowly but surely, man, this is amazing. And although there’s mostly the perception that it’s for women, I just started to see, OK, as a man I can wear some of this. So I would wear sunglasses here, or a jacket there,” Pharrell said at the Chanel show last week

Nothing wrong with a dude wearing a purse. We love seeing steps toward gender fluidity, and though this is a small sentiment, every bit counts. 

Written by Lainey Sidell

(Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


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