The new clip, directed by Helmi, opens and concludes with an ensemble of women lounging on carpets and pillows.
Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha sing on the track.
“Girls” was initially met with controversy upon its May 11 release, accused of doing more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community. The clip was called out by queer music figures as perpetuating steroetypes: it was seen to miss the mark and perpetuate the male gaze.
Rita Ora initially released a statement defending the track–she says she was inspired by Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”–and Cardi B also tweeted her support.