Shaun Ross has appeared in music videos for Beyonce, Leona Lewis and Katy Perry, but now the out model is stepping out on his own with “Symmetry,” a sexy single about (what else?) beauty, bodies, and self-love.
It’s on brand for Ross, who was the first professional male model with albinism.
“If your skin is clear—and mine isn’t—it doesn’t make me less of a person,” he tells Billboard. “It’s all about what matters inside.”
He’ collaborating with will.i.am on his upcoming debut album, which he’s been working on with Rush Davis, Brook D’Leau, and queer rapper Lizzo, who lends her voice to “Symmetry” and other forthcoming tracks.
“When it comes to the modeling industry, I’ve been an ally for people that have fought against social norms,” Ross says. “For me, I feel like this song represents that completely. If you listen to the lyrics, it’s all this talk about body: ’What is him/her?’ I feel like that is something I went through my whole entire life. Even in modeling, always being told that: ’This designer’s looking for this kind of model and you have to look this way in order to get accepted.’ It’s like, what is that though? What does that actually mean?”
His approach to loving oneself and shunning ideas of perfection makes one beautiful, body positive bop.