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Janelle Monae’s ‘PYNK’ pussy pants take the internet by storm

Since the video for ‘PYNK’ — Janelle Monae’s joyful celebration of female sexuality and empowerment — dropped last week, it’s been viewed more than 4 million fun-loving times. Chitra Ramaswamy, in a column for the Guardian, calls it “a queer, arch and deliciously sexy ode to the vagina.”

Featuring Grimes and guest starring Thor: Ragnarok‘s Tessa Thompson, the music video and its stars are also being hailed for their inclusivity, having made it clear that not all women have the anatomy represented by the fabulous ‘pussy pants’ costumes that Monae and four of her dancers are wearing. (Two are not.)

“So this is what pussy power reclaimed by black women in the 21st century looks like: fun and inclusive,” writes Ramaswamy, herself a woman of color, who grew up when black artists were routinely expected to “cross over,” (that is, “be more white” if they wanted to be successful). The “unashamed celebration of black female sexuality” is progress worth celebrating, she writes. At one point, Thompson’s head appears in Monae’s frilly trousers, a glorious message Vanity Fair calls “very clear and very queer.”

Stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn also points out that each of the pairs of pants have been created in unique shapes and sizes. “[Designer] Duran [Lantink] chose fabrics in different textures and hues for each of the layers (or lips!) and it was so strangely yet beautifully realistic,” she said. “They really do belong in a museum one day.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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