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Christine and the Queens challenge gender stereotypes in her video for new single Girlfriend

The French pop star challenges the macho culture in the new video

2018-05-25

Christine and the Queens has dropped the official video for her new single 'Girlfriend'.

The French pop star – who shot to fame with her iconic debut album 'Chaleur Humaine' – has described the new single as an exploration of female desire.

Christine and the Queens aka Heloise Letissier identifies as pansexual and her new music is a move away from the “macho” exploration of her debut album.

The new track sees the singer playing with codes of masculinity and renamed herself Chris in the song – which is already proving to be very popular and we can understand why.

The single features the lyrics: “Don’t feel like a girlfriend, but lover, damn, I’d be your lover” and the former Attitude cover star felt she had to address “female desire”.

And in the video, Letissier - who goes by Chris in the song - sees her working on a construction site a homage to Charles Ebbets’ iconic photos from the 1930s of builders relaxing on girders in the air.

The video subverts masculinity and she recently said she needed to address "female desire and diversity".

“I felt I had to address female desire and its diversity,” she told Gay Star News.

“How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty.

“I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat.

“Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like, ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that.”

Watch the official video below: