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“The New Masculinity”–What Happened to the Old One?

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by G. Brown

The November issue of GQ magazine wants to introduce you to the new modern, millennial man with a cover that has heads turning and tongues wagging…

In case you missed it, the model is singer, producer, fashion icon Pharrell Williams sporting a very ‘Billy Porter-esque’ frock…umm coat…umm outfit.  The headline “The New Masculinity” frames him in the same triangular shape as his outfit.

GQ editor in chief Will Welch says on GQ.com that since taking over the reins at the men’s magazine, he and the staff have been grappling with one key question-“How do you make a so-called men’s magazine in the thick of what has justifiably become the Shut Up and Listen moment?”  The answer–why just appeal to men in this time of gender fluidity?

Welch says the publication formerly known as a magazine exclusively for men is now seeking to engage with a “diverse, and gender-nonspecific audience.”

That includes addressing men’s fashion which brings us to Pharrell on the cover. The “Happy” and “Blurred Lines” Grammy award-winning singer, producer was an obvious choice to redefine GQ’s look.  Williams’ venture with Japanese fashion icon Nigo spawned hit brands like Billionaire Boys streetwear.  And when he’s not grinding out hit songs or creating runway clothes and jewelry…he’s busy ignoring the trends and blazing a style trend of his own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still, some fans don’t like the cover look and are uncomfortable with the androgenous vibe…

 

Pharrell isn’t the first singer or celebrity to push the confines of comfort by exploring new fashion frontiers.  Remember when Will Smith’s son Jaden sported skirts and dresses?

Fashion has always colored outside the lines of normal. The industry persistently straddles the line between art, fantasy, and outrageous.  What works on the runway and fashion mag covers often gets drastically toned down before it sales on the rack at your local department store.

A lot of people suggest Pharrell is making a statement or hinting at some confession about a closeted life.

Others approve of the iconic photo and rise above all the chatter of ‘is he gay or bisexual’ to focus on the momentous achievement the cover is making for people of color.

Welch is right when he says masculinity is changing.  He sees that as good which isn’t to be confused with comfortable.  Masculinity has morphed from the days of cavemen hunting and killing their dinner with spears to metrosexuals who are likely to be sitting next to any woman on her next visit to the salon for a mani-pedi.

Fashion doesn’t determine a man’s masculinity, but some accuse the industry of trying to blur the lines between genders with men wearing dresses and women wearing fedoras and ties.

Will every man be sporting a frock…umm coat…umm outfit like Pharrell soon? No, it’s just another fashion magazine trying to sell copies by capturing the conversation.  And so far, it seems to be working.

 

 

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    Anthony allen

    October 28, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Miss me with that bull@!#:!

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    Shawn

    October 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    As a black man, I wouldn’t be caught DEAD wearing whatever Pharell is wearing!!

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    melvinowens

    October 25, 2019 at 2:17 am

    This is an insult to black men. Pharrell is another uncle Tom trying to acquiesce to liberal hollywood

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    marcus davis

    October 24, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I already said my piece on this on another site,but I am getting really fed up of some of these so called Black men acting like a bunch of fools.Nowadays to me it seems like the black mans brain is totally fucked up.

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    NBA is fixed

    October 23, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Figuratively speaking, if a black man wears the dress, he has been castrated! He is no longer a man.

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    NBA is fixed

    October 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    In the eyes of racist white America, the most dangerous terrorist group is not ISIS, Al Quaeda, the Taliban, it’s the black man! A strong, rich black man is sexually desired by millions of white women worldwide. Black men with their melanin and their penises are capable of impregnating thousands, possibly millions of white women, thus decreasing the white population. That’s why hollywood and the government spend billions of dollars attempting to destroy the black man’s power, money and masculinity. Unfortunately, Pharrell, Tyler Perry and Barack Obama act as on camera lieutenants in the ongoing war against black men.

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    Rozine Sampson

    October 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    This is Not complimentary to Men as far as I’m concerned. It is however totally disgusting to Me to have men looking like women! U G H‼️🤨🤔🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

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    Sharon

    October 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Noooo,not the new masculinity!!

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