The vagina pants from Janelle Monáe’s PYNK video may soon be available for purchase, reports PEOPLE.
On the surface, the video and song are a celebration of the color pink. It also celebrates the power of queer love and vaginas from the singer who just came out as pansexual. “PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere. PYNK is where the future is born,” reads the description of the video.
The custom pink pants became a talking point for representing that female private parts come in all shapes and sizes. “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,” Monáe said. “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. 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, and when you think about female genital mutilation, when you think about all these women’s issues, I wanted to make sure we were discussing these issues but we were also celebrating each other.”
When asked about potentially selling the flamboyant bottoms, the 32-year-old said, “We may be working on that. 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. I think it’s amazing.”
The mass production of the pants has not yet begun but the singer says she’s working on it. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of other artistic symbols in Monáe’s Emotion Picture or by listening to her album Dirty Computer.
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