A$AP Rocky Says That Wearing Headscarves & Painting His Nails Doesn’t Compromise His Masculinity: “I’m A Pretty Boy!”

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A$AP Rocky Says That Wearing Headscarves & Painting His Nails Doesn’t Compromise His Masculinity: “I’m A Pretty Boy!”

A$AP Rocky seems to be past his arrest incident in Sweden and back to fashion business as usual. The self-proclaimed “Pretty MF” is on the brink of the release of his creative collective, AWGE, in London – in which the space is a recreation of Harlem. In promotion of his latest venture, he discusses his special take on masculinity, music, and fashion.

A$AP Rocky says that wearing traditionally feminine clothing doesn’t compromise his masculinity:

“I don’t think so. I don’t think it compromises mine at all. I mean I could have been a gangster. But I’m a pretty boy! And if you ain’t got it, make it!”

One way he flexes the right to create his own brand of masculinity is painting his nails:

“I feel like men should be able to do nail art without feeling feminine…This lady who is really, really good drew Prada on my nails when I was shooting my Prada collaboration, and she did my nails for the photos.”


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A trend of high fashion male models in babushkas (Russian headcarves) is on the rise – a trend which Rocky says he’s responsible for:

“It was me, a million percent…I had a TV appearance.I was walking around like that in the babushka that day because my face got cut…So basically I was slap boxing with my auntie. And she has these long-a** nails. She slapped the sh*t out of me and scarred me for life. So I had to borrow her babushka…It started out as that, and it just looked dope, so I stuck with the aesthetic. But I’ve seen dudes do it before.”

On his diet as it relates to his “Babushka Boi” music video:

“You eat pork? That’s why it subconsciously disturbs you. Subconsciously, you’re like, ‘What if I am eating mutant human pigs?’ That’s why you should stop. I highly recommend it! [I’m] pescatarian – adapted from a vegan project.”

Lastly, A$AP Rocky hinted at his next project:

“Right now I am working on, I would say, something that is highly anticipated because a lot of people want to know how I am feeling about the whole situation. Making music is fun. It’s always fun. In a way, it’s a parallel with fashion because I think the right key, the right silhouette, the right look—the right expression—can trigger an emotional connection: sometimes a nostalgic connection and sometimes an enticing connection with people.”

Written by Miata Shanay

Authored by: Miata Shanay