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Young Thug is wearing a dress to his wedding

‘When it comes to swag, there’s no gender involved’

Young Thug’s gender-bending style has been widely discussed over the last few months. Unlike most of his hip hop contemporaries, the Atlanta-born rapper has scrapped the surface-level machismo; indulging in a more playful, open, and rebellious fashion habit. He’s posed in a blue gown for his latest album cover, frolicked in a tutu for Dazed, and publicly dismissed the concept of gender. “It don’t matter,” Thug declared back in July. “You could be a gangster with a dress, you could be a gangster with baggy pants. I feel like there’s no such thing as gender.”

In a new interview with Billboard, Young Thug – real name Jeffery Williams – speaks more about his fluid fashion approach, admitting to the magazine that he plans to wear a “statement gown” for his upcoming wedding to swimwear designer Jerrika Karlae. “There will be two brides,” he reveals. “When it comes to swag, there’s no gender involved.”

His style is, he claims, something that has been with him all his life. “When I was 12, my feet were so small I wore my sisters’ glitter shoes,” he says. “My dad would whoop me: ‘You’re not going to school now, you’ll embarrass us!’ But I never gave a fuck what people think.”

The rapper also discusses the cover for the August-released album Jeffery, which saw him wear a blue ruffled dress designed by emerging Italian designer Alessandro Trincone. “When I seen that dress, I felt like God gave it to me,” he adds.

Read the full interview in the September edition of Billboard