CoverGirl Is A Cover Girl! Janelle Monáe Covers May Issue Of Essence, Talks New Album And Unique Style

April 2, 2013  |  

Another month, another fresh face on the cover of Essence! They’re really stepping their subjects up and still keeping them positive and powerful. Plus, the ladies have been dressed to the nines, and Monáe is doing it up in her Yves Saint Laurent blouse, Chanel earrings and crimped pompadour.

The magazine sat down with Monáe to talk about her new music, including the album Electric Lady, which she’s prepping for a summer release, trying to build a relationship late in life with her father, a run-in with the law, and her style, which everybody is always talking about because it’s so different, but never really changes. When asked why she won’t change it up and show off a little skin, she makes it clear that if powerful men don’t have to show skin to be successful, why should she have to do so to have an impact?

“People don’t ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes…I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.”

True that! If you want to check out her full interview with the magazine and what we’re sure will be some more breathtaking images of the star, you’ll have to pick up the new issue, dropping April 5.

Are you digging the new cover with Janelle Monáe?

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  • Bella

    She is absolute perfection.

  • Candacey Doris

    I am so happy they are finally putting someone else on the cover. Even happier that it’s Janelle Monae, she’s definitely someone that is a good role model.

  • the cover looks over-processed.

    • Gigi

      It does, doesn’t it? Janelle is quite beautiful without the touch up.

  • Amani

    Yes, I’m loving the cover. Ms. Monáe is the embodiment of grace, class, and sophistication! And when she speaks, it becomes ever more evident that she’s highly enlightened (which is more than we can say for the Queen of ghetto anthems..haha). That’s right, Ms. Monáe, a woman does not need to prance about half naked in order to exude power, you are living proof of it.


    Key word: Unique…quite refreshing really.

  • ieshapatterson

    OMG i love her!!! She is so amazing and her music is fabulous. I’m glad to see her getting her shine.

  • It’s about time someone new is on the cover. I am really tired of seeing Beyonce, MO, and the usual grace covers, as if they are the only influential black women on the earth.