Magazine CovHER: Janelle Monae Marie Claire
Just when I didn’t think she could be more beautiful, Janelle Monae Marie Claire magazine cover proves me wrong.
The Hidden Figures actress graced the cover of Marie Claire Fresh Faces 2017 for the month of May. Janelle is among four other women, Emily Ratajkowski, Aja Naoami King, Zoey Deutch, and Alexandria Daddario, who all have their own separate covers.
Inside the issue, Janelle dishes on respecting women, being strong and in control, and her sense of style.
Peep excerpts from the interview below:
On respecting women:
“People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black-girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.”
On being strong and in control as a woman:
“It is important to redefine what sexy is. To redefine style… It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us. Women automatically are told that this is how you should look. This is how you should get a man. This is how you should get a woman. You need to fit into all these boxes to be accepted. I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking. I don’t think we all have to take the same coordinates to reach the same destination. I believe in embracing what makes you unique even if it makes others uncomfortable. I have learned there is power in saying no. I have agency. I get to decide.”
On the origin of her singular sense of style:
“Being poor helped me be more creative. It was my superpower. I had to get comfortable in my own skin—you know when somebody walks in a room and they have such a confidence that they dare you to say something about them.”
I swear she is everything and then some. I love everything about her from her music to her funky sense of style.
The other ladies in this month’s Marie Claire issue also dished on some pretty great points about the power of women, fashion and style. If you want to catch up on what they talked about, be sure to read more over at Marie Claire.
There’s nothing wrong with being a strong woman. I love the diversity they showed with these five fresh faces issue cover. So much talent and feminism. So much power. So much support. Gotta love it.
Be sure to pick up your copy of Janelle Monae’s issue when it hits newsstands on April 18.