Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton is making a bold political and fashion statement in the latest issue of GQ Magazine. The 33-years-old wore a tartan kilt to ‘make amends’ for his behaviour last year when he posted a video scolding his nephew for wearing a ‘princess dress’.
by Rae Ogbu
Some of his fans were disappointed when he was heard telling his nephew; “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?’ Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?’ ‘boys don’t wear princess dresses.’ It comes at a time when the political and socio-consciousness of our time is moving further away from gender bias and stereotypes.
To show how sorry he was, Hamilton is taking advantage of pride month to show solidarity for all orientations. “I still hold regret for it today, but ultimately I think it’s important in life for people to be held accountable for their actions and particularly their words, and I was,” he said in the interview.
“I’ve been through quite a lot [of criticism], although there are things I regret in my life, I wouldn’t go back and change them, because if I did I wouldn’t be the man I am today, I wouldn’t have the mindset I have today.”
On the GQ cover, Hamilton wears a patchwork tartan kilt. In the fashion editorials, he also wears a black kilt as well. “I wouldn’t have grown if I hadn’t fallen and stumbled and gotten back up. A lot of the getting back up from the things I have experienced has been so tough that I didn’t think I would make it through, particularly with [what happened recently].”
He has also apologised on social media after removing the video. “My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is not acceptable in the world today for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.”