Pharrell calls into The Breakfast Club to explain his thoughts and sentiments behind his upcoming album GIRL.
There was a bit of backlash when it came to the album cover as some felt that there should have been a black woman on the cover. According to Pharrell, he says there was a black woman on the cover, but there are bigger issues to worry about.
What really disappointed me is they [general public] jumped the gun, because the [woman] I’m standing closest to is black. She’s a black girl from Wisconsin that I used to date over ten years ago. Maybe twelve years ago. [...] If they just bothered to listen to my album, they would know that my album was an ode to women, period. And the one thing that’s I’m trying to kill…well I can’t kill anything… but the one thing I was trying to aid in changing the crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, waif, and thin for you to be beautiful.
Man, it must suck to be that black woman that’s on my cover right now because she’s black.[...]When they find out that she is black, then what? Then we’re arguing amongst ourselves within color.
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