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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