Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s July Issue

Posted on June 21, 2018

Janelle Monáe covers the July 2018 issue of Allure magazine photographed by Camila Falquez and styled by Jaime Kay Waxman.



On conservatives and right-wingers calling for artists, athletes, and other black public figures to “stick to what they do,” or be “grateful”: “This is real-life shit that I’m having to deal with. You strip away the makeup, the costumes, and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.”

On how the presidential election affected her personally: “I felt it was a direct attack on us, on black women, on women, on women’s rights, on the LGBTQIA community, on poor folks. I felt like it was a direct attack saying, ‘You’re not important. You’re not valuable and we’re going to make laws and regulations that make it official and make it legal for us to devalue you and treat you like second-class citizens or worse.’ I got to the point where I stopped recording because I was just like, ‘I’m going to make an angry album.’ ”

On not being afraid of speaking out sometimes: “There’s lots of fears that I have about just living openly and freely and criticizing those who are in the position of power,” she says. “You just never know. You never know what could happen when you are outspoken. It’s a risk. It’s a risk that I’ve prayed on and I’m willing to take.”


Style Credits:
Cover: Molly Goddard Dress from the Fall 2018 Collection | Solace London Shoes | Knobbly Studio Earrings
First Image: Junya Watanabe Coat from the Spring 2018 Collection | Hat from New York Vintage | Ariana Boussard-Reifel Earrings
Second Image: Marc Jacobs Top from the Fall 2018 Collection | Knobbly Studio Earrings

Third Image: Valentino Dress from the Pre-Fall 2018 Collection | Annie Costello Brown Earrings

Hair: Nikki Nelms
Makeup: Francelle
Manicure: Angie Aguirre
Set design: Mila Taylor-Young


[Photo Credit: Camila Falquez/Allure Magazine, vogue.com]

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