Janelle Monáe Covers InStyle’s August Issue

Posted on July 12, 2019

Janelle Monáe covers the August 2019 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Pamela Hanson and styled by Julia von Boehm.




On embracing her uniqueness: “Embracing your uniqueness is an active choice. I don’t wake up looking flawless every morning. I don’t wake up feeling empowered. I don’t wake up feeling fearless. I have to actively choose to feel that way.” She adds with a laugh, “I’m like Issa Rae in Insecure, like, ‘Bitch, keep it together!’”

On coming out as pansexual: “I talked to my mom and dad first, and my mom, in particular, had a lot of questions. I said, ‘Mama, the only way that I can create art is to truthfully tell my story. It has to come from an honest place, and this is who I honestly am. I don’t know any other way. I have to talk about my sexuality. I have to talk about my blackness. I have to talk about my womanness. I have to talk about these things. This is who I am as a person.’”

On redefining the music industry: “I’ve always wanted to redefine what a cool young black woman looks like in the music industry. I was never interested in fitting into a system that wasn’t built for me or with me in mind. I’m interested in burning that s–t down and building something new.”


Style Credits:
First Cover: Nina Ricci Bodysuit and Hat
Second Cover: Chanel Pants and Belt | Ruslan Baginskiy Hat | Shay Jewelry Necklace | Jennifer Meyer Necklace
Image: Versace Turtleneck | Dolce&Gabbana Pants | Ruslan Baginskiy Hat

Hair: Nikki Nelms
Makeup: Jessica Smalls
Nails: Sreynin Peng


[Photo Credit: Pamela Hanson/InStyle Magazine]

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