Janelle Monáe covers Essence magazine; talks style, redefining sexy + more

Janelle Monae - Essence - May 2013 - Cover

With a new album on its way this summer by the name of Electric Lady, the phenomenally talented Janelle Monáe is the new cover girl of Essence magazine’s May issue where the singer talks fashion, Jay-Z and redefining what it means to be sexy.

Janelle Monáe has become synonymous with an androgynous style, as she sticks to a uniform of black and white tuxedo suits, with her hair always styled in a perfect pompadour. Straying little from this, the singer wears a white, Yves Saint Laurent pussy-bow blouse with a pair of oversized, vintage Chanel earrings to finish off the look for the new cover shoot.

Speaking about her style and why she refuses to conform to the medias interpretation of what makes women sexy today, she explains; “Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy. I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there.

“People don’t ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes,” she states adamantly. “[I’m attempting to] redefine what it means to be sexy and what it means to be a woman. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.”

For the full interview be sure to pick up Essence magazine’s May issue which hits stands April 5th, where Monáe also talks about her influences, the relationship with her father and a surprising run-in with the law.