Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Janelle Monae on the July 2018 Cover of Allure Magazine

Janelle Monae is currently on her 'Dirty Computer' tour and you can catch her on the July 2018 cover of Allure magazine. On the cover which was shot by Camila Falquez, Janelle is wearing a MOLLY GODDARD FALL 2018 dress. In the issue which is titled 'The Freedom Issue', she talks about choosing freedom over fear, loving openly, visibility and so much more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see images from her fashion spread. For more on Janelle's feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

Valentino dress. Annie Costello Brown earrings.

On her new album:
It’s about all of us, all the people that at least I feel a responsibility to. I had to pick who I was comfortable pissing off and who I wanted to celebrate.

On how she felt after the election:
I will say that after this election, I dealt with a lot of anger. I dealt with a lot of frustrations, like many of us, when it came to the nonleader of the free world and that particular regime.

On the current social & political strife:
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 speaking freely:
There’s lots of fears that I have about just living openly and freely and criticizing those who are in the position of power. 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.

Junya Watanabe coat. Hat from New York Vintage. Ariana Boussard-Reifel earrings. 

Credit: Allure

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