As seen in 'PYNK'
Janelle Monáe fans may soon be able to own a pair of the ‘vagina trousers’ as seen in her music video for ‘PYNK’.
Designed by Duran Lantink, the puffy, ruffled pink trousers have attracted a lot of attention since she and dancers wore them in the video for the single from her acclaimed new album ‘Dirty Computer‘.
“We may be working on that,” she told People magazine when quizzed about mass producing the pants. “I’m so tickled and honoured that people are talking about the ‘PYNK’ pants, I think that it’s so cool to have discussions around women’s issues and women’s bodies, I think it’s amazing.”
She also clarified that the statement trousers weren’t initially intended to resemble a vagina.
“Sometimes I think people interpret those as vagina pants, they call them vulva pants, they call them flowers, but it just represents some parts of some women,” she continued.
Not every dancer in the video wears the iconic pants, though.
“There are some women in the video that do not have on the pants, because I don’t believe that all women need to possess a vagina to be a woman,” Monáe stated. “I wanted ‘Pynk’ to be a celebration of women who are unique, distinct, different, may be different from one another but when they come together they create something magical and special.”
Last week also saw the singer reveal that she was a pansexual.
“Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker,” Monáe said.
Revealing that she initially identified as bisexual, Monáe added that she then “read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too’”.
“I’m open to learning more about who I am,” said Monáe.
Words by Lucy Fletcher