Seriously, does Janelle Monáe ever take a bad photograph?
Thw 27-year-old beauty graced the cover of the August issue of Vibe Vixen and she looks absolutely amazing. In her feature interview, she discussed her new album, Electric Lady and the crucial role that Erykah Badu has been playing in her creative process. The Kansas City native also dished on her love life and plans for future children.
On her personal evolution:
“I’ve evolved. When you realize it’s your responsibility to be a leader and create the world that you want to see, you have to do it. It’s my responsibility to create music and come up with ideas that keep my community first.”
On her love life:
“An android is my preference—two androids and a cyborg. I’m someone who sees your spirit and soul. I love passionate androids; one that knows exactly what it’s going to do in life. I love smart androids, idealists, leaders, but good followers. Androids that are compassionate, honest, can make me laugh, knows how to handle an Electric Lady and supports an Electric Lady’s dreams, and wings when it’s time to fly.”
“When the time is right. Everything is about timing. Right now, I’m giving birth to this album, the Electric Lady. I feel like I need Erykah Badu because she is a midwife and it’s time to push this baby on out. It is one I’m ready to go out in this world and change lives and do something great for her community.”
On if she’d ever put out a rap album:
“I’m flattered that people wonder that. I love rap music, and I love hip-hop. I use rap as a way to communicate [and tell a story]. Yes, I will keep that in my thoughts.”
“I love rap music, I love hip hop—not it all—but I will say I use rap as a way to communicate. Singing and performing is a way to get across this urgency that I often want to get across in my music. I wrote the rap for Q.U.E.E.N. faster than the lyrics.”
On being a CoverGirl model:
“I feel privileged to stand alongside strong women like Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, Sophia Vergara, and Queen Latifah. We come in many shapes and sizes, colors. CoverGirl inspires young girls to dream big and say ‘I can be a CoverGirl too.’”
Check out some flicks from her fly photo shoot on the following pages.