Recently, Tyler the Creator put together his first ever fashion show. When the event was finished, the Odd Future king grabbed the mic and stated that the new Gold Wang collection was inspired by his experience "growing up as an inner city black kid [who] wasn't the most masculine and liked pink." He continued to elaborate on this motivation and his thoughts on it now in a new interview with the Fader. "The black community is very fixated on that hard masculinity, they always gotta be hard and fucking tough," he said. "I was never really a tough guy, I don't like sports, I have some feminine mannerisms. The reason why I was just saying that is because society always tries to box everything up, and you always have to be one way or another. You don't have to be the tough guy all the time."

He continued: "[In] the black community, everything is sus or gay or ‘that’s not fucking hard,’ and we like face tats and gangbanging,” he says of the expectations put on him and his peers. “No, not everyone is like that. It’s kids who’s probably growing up and don’t know themselves yet or have the strongest self esteem so they’re trying to fit, and hopefully they can see people who are successful and not following the ‘always have to be masculine, threatening, and hard’ way of life."