Last week, the ever-“Happy” Pharrell dropped a new video for his new single “Marilyn Monroe.” Following the controversy surrounding the absence of brown skinned women on his G I R L album cover, fans and critics alike had much to say about the image of the stunning Khadijah Nicholas chosen for the single art, which features her dressed in red and looking much like a chocolate version of the late actress.
Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, 26-year-old Nicholas is a professional dancer who recently traveled the world with Rihanna on her “Diamonds” world tour and has danced with Beyoncé. EBONY caught up with the brown-skinned beauty to talk about her experience working with Pharrell, the message behind the song and music video and how she felt about all the chatter.
EBONY: How did this all come together for you?
Khadijah Nicolas: I got an email about an audition for Pharrell’s “Marilyn Monroe” video…after getting the booking, we went to the video set and it was like a “Who is that girl?” moment. Pharrell saw me in the red leotard and said “Yo, I think I have this vision.”
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