Screengrab from Janelle Monáe's 'PYNK' music video

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Janelle Monaé flaunts vagina-themed pants in ‘PYNK’ music video

They're... provocative.


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Published Apr 10, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 6:58 pm CDT

Janelle Monáe—the self-proclaimed part-human, “part-android” who’s as inscrutable as she is mesmerizing—released a new rose-tinged music video for her single “PYNK” on Tuesday.

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Featuring Grimes, the song is an upbeat celebration of feminine power. The video explodes with shades of pink in many forms, from grapefruits to cats to donuts. But people zeroed in on one image in particular.

It’s Monáe, clad in pants that are unmistakenly meant to look like labia.

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It gets better: At one point in the video, Tessa Thompson peaks out between Monae’s pink, ruffly legs. The shot boosted speculation that Monáe and the actress are dating.

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In general, the video and its imagery are being hailed as a symbol of queer friendship and (maybe) love.

And like a glass of pink lemonade on a sweltering summer day, it’s just what we needed.

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2018, 11:45 pm CDT