Pharrell Defends His “G I R L” Album Cover



For all the excitement over Pharrell’s first solo album in eight years G I R L, which is streaming now on iTunes radio, not everyone was excited about the album cover. Many fans criticized the artwork for not featuring any black women—this, of course, with zero knowledge of any of the models’ racial background. To put an end to the controversy, Pharrell phoned into Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club this morning to explain that the critics got it wrong:

What really disappointed me is they jumped the gun, because the one I’m standing closest to is black. She’s a black girl from Wisconsin that I used to date over 10 or 12 years ago. That just must suck, man, for people to look at something and to assume they know what’s going on. And 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 I’m trying to kill and trying to aid in changing is the crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, waif, and thin for you to be beautiful.

He then goes on to express his frustration with the light-skin vs. dark-skin debate that’s plagued the black community for decades, and talks about how much it means to him to be the first black artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with “Happy” since Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in 2012. He also announces that the album’s next single will be “Marilyn Monroe.”

Listen to the full interview below.


  • Anthonmp139

    smh that’s exactly what I mean people so worried about what racist when actually your being racist smh when the whole idea of race is fucking stupid your only grouping.

  • DarkAssKnight

    i mean theres only 1 white girl and 2 women of color….black women will get mad over anything smh

  • D

    Who cares about the cover?! The album is garbage!

  • disqus_D2zP4p2LEr

    album is dope, so is the cover

  • keeping it real

    Black Diamonds —- Empress Selassie

    Uh huh Uh huh Uh huh
    A black diamond is a pure tone
    it’s also an album by Angie stone
    And in a strange twist
    it’s also a song by that rock band Kiss

    Sensual diamonds make deep calls
    That swing low in a mans drawers like Biggie Smalls balls
    The names ring out in hallowed halls
    Runaway slaves that walked from down south to Niagara Falls

    Denzel American Gangster poster
    38 nickel plated toaster with the holster
    Silver rims on a range rover
    A black limo black chauffeur Mafia black Cosa Nostra

    Ready to speak with a cummerbund
    Black tuxedo Farrakhan Fruit of Islam word is bond
    Malcolm X smile glowing granite
    300 white turbans in front of honorable Elijah Muhammad

    The diamonds that fought against slavery
    The bullets from Union Army soldiers that set us free
    Billie Holiday’s diamond kiss
    To the black diamonds of Tyson’s fists

    Latino black diamond Charles Bronson
    Like the diamond that paved the way to the game Bumpy Johnson
    Guy Fischer Apollo master
    Pee Wee Kirkland bomba rasta
    We hear about drug lord disaster
    But what about Frank Mathews
    Who made 50 million and then escaped to Africa
    A black diamond so loved and feared
    he got arrested and then paid his bail and then disappeared
    Black diamonds are those gentlemen
    who smashed the game took the money and were never seen again.
    U can’t be forever criminal
    The black diamonds are the ones whose names stay subliminal
    Under the radar
    Black diamond Diana Ross superstar
    Coretta Scott King Martin Luther bling bling
    not purses shirts or glasses
    the love bling bling that freed the masses

    Black diamonds provide security
    its a stone with few impurities
    goes by many names and burns with a short blue smokeless flame
    Serena hair beads
    Wimbledon flossy
    Glossy Classy
    Black diamond Empress Selassie
    Ya’l been waiting for something legit
    I represent the black diamonds that the Clipse spit
    The creations on paper that represent the higher nature
    Voice of Mutulu to Star Trek’s Black Uhuru
    Voice Of Shaka Zulu to Star Trek s Black Uhuru
    Nichelle Nichols of the Future
    Star Trek Black Queen Black Uhura

  • Perverted Alchemist

    Who knew that a simple album cover about nothing would stir up so much controversy? LOLOL!

  • *

    The albumcover looks bland as heck.

  • *

    The cover is band as fuck.

    Why do you copy other generations looks in your avatar btw ? lol

  • fosterakahunter

    Shut your bitch ass up with those inaccurate generalisations.

  • DarkAssKnight

    nah its pretty accurate

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