When Janelle Monáe dropped the video for her song “PYNK” back in early April, fans went wild over the song, the gorgeous video, and most of all, the pants worn by the singer and a few of her backup dancers. The pink, ruffled pants are designed to look like a woman’s vagina, coinciding with the song’s message of celebrating femininity.
Having seen the viral reaction to her video, Monáe said she’s considering mass-producing and selling the pants to her fans. “We may be working on that,” she told People. “I’m so tickled and honored that people are talking about the Pynk pants, I think that it’s so cool to have discussions around women’s issues and women’s bodies.”
The pants, created by fashion designer Duran Lantink, were quickly hailed as a direct representation of womanhood, but Monáe said that was not necessarily true. “Sometimes I think people interpret those as vagina pants, they call them vulva pants, they call them flowers, but it just represents some parts of some women,” she said.
She went on to explain that while some of the dancers in the video, including herself, are seen with the labia-inspired pants on, others are not. Monáe said that was intentional. “There are some women in the video that do not have on the pants, because I don’t believe that all women need to possess a vagina to be a woman,” she said. “I have one I’m proud of it, but there’s a lot of policing and controlling that people are trying to have over our vaginas.”
Watch the video for “PYNK” below: