Janelle Monae began “jumping up and down” when she first saw her now-iconic vagina trousers.
Duran Lantink designed the unusual ensemble for the singer’s Pynk music video, with the song originally featuring on her 2018 album Dirty Computer.
Recalling Janelle’s initial reaction to the trousers in an interview with BBC Minute, Duran commented that the star instantly fell in love with the outfit, which was made from pink fabric.
“She was jumping up and down in her trailer,” he said. “She was like, ‘This is even more beautiful than it looked in the pictures.’”
The Dutch designer revealed that he created a “collage of vaginas” when making the unusual garments, which he believes bear a strong political message.
“It’s about empowerment of women, freedom of sexuality (and) equal rights,” affirmed Duran.
Janelle, 33, shared designer’s sentiments, and previously confessed to People magazine that she’s “honoured” by the response that the pants garnered.
“I think that it’s so cool to have discussions around women’s issues and women’s bodies,” the star shared. “It’s amazing!”
Following the premiere of the video last April (18), the trousers went on to feature in the Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
The museum’s director, Dr. Valerie Steele, told editors at Vanity Fair at the time that she knew she wanted to include the pants in the exhibit the moment she saw them.
“I really want to show all the different facets of pink,” she explained. “So often people just think it’s this kind of namby-pamby sweet feminine colour associated with little girls. There’s so much more to it, and the song is very pro-female, and it’s got a powerful, positive atmosphere to it.”