Young Thug is at it again. Last week, the rapper released his much anticipated album, “No, My Name is JEFFERY”. While the album got high reviews, it was the album cover that sparked so much attention. Jeffery is posed wearing a periwinkle garment designed by Italian designer Alessandro Trincone which he claims are inspired by gender neutral Japanese fashion.
This isn’t the first time Young Thug was seen wearing and advertising what looks like women’s clothing. Back in early July, he posed for the #myCalvins campaign donning womenswear with the caption, “I disobey in #mycalvins”. Before that, he did an entire spread for Dazed Magazine wearing entirely womenswear. So what gives? Last year, he interviewed with GQ magazine and explained his fashion choices:
“Women’s clothes are slimmer than men’s clothes. The jeans I got on right now, they’re women’s jeans. But they fit how they’re supposed to fit. Like a rock star. The only thing I probably have in men’s is, like, briefs. T-shirts. Ninety percent of my clothes are women’s”.
The bottom line is, that’s how he chooses to dress and express himself. Conversation over, right? Wrong. Young Thug’s choice of style has caused much controversy in the hip-hop community. Many rappers expressed “outrage” seeing a fellow artist in womenswear, claiming that makes them homosexual, less masculine, and not rock star material. But when has wearing women’s clothing had anything to do with your sexuality? Many (straight) musicians before Jeffery has rocked questionable fashion choices before including Prince, Andre 3000, Lil B, and CeeLo Green. So whether you’re straight or gay, rapper or a rock star, what you wear may define you, but the one thing that’s constant is that all the stars mentioned here are icons in music and in fashion. In the words of Young Thug, “In my world, you can be a gangsta with a dress or you can be a gangsta with baggy pants. I feel like there’s no such thing as gender”.