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CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: JANELLE MONAE FOR THEM MAGAZINE

CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: JANELLE MONAE FOR THEM MAGAZINE

CREDITS:

Photographer: Justin French

Stylist: Solange Franklin

Hair Stylist: Nikki Nelms

Makeup Artist: Jessica Smalles

Set Designer: Kate Stein

Manicurist: Anjaneth Aguirre

Video: Julia Pitch

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Brief excerpt from cover feature by Whembley Sewell:

When Janelle Monáe came out as queer in a Rolling Stone cover story last April, the revelation made headlines around the world. As one of the most prolific multi-hyphenate artists of a generation, her declaration carried immense weight, both for herself and for queer black women and LGBTQ+ people everywhere. The announcement was followed by the release of her most brilliant, vulnerable work to date: Dirty Computer, an album that was at its core about embracing the freedom one finds in self-exploration and discovery. Bold, unabashedly fluid anthems like “Pynk”, “Screwed,” and “Make Me Feel” further solidified Monáe as a leader for “free-ass motherfuckers” (as she delightfully referred to herself when coming out) everywhere, one who challenges social binaries and norms alike with grace and strength.

Always evolving sonically and aesthetically, today, Monáe is entering a new era of her genre-bending career. The constant, though, is her work, which remains centered in advocacy, agency, and empowerment, regardless of what form it takes. With reverence for the responsibility of an artist and activist, Monáe uses every platform she builds to amplify intersectional discourse about race, gender, and sexuality in new ways. She takes action in a way that makes everyone take notice.

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Ioannes dress, gloves, and boots. Khiry earrings, $550

To be young, queer, and black in America means that you can be misunderstood. You can be hated. It also means that you can be celebrated and loved. And I think there’s a lot at stake when you’re living out loud in that way.
— Janelle Monae Them.
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Peter Do blazer and trousers, $1,150-$2190. Khiry earrings, $550

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Aisling Camps top, $345. Versace skirt, $1,000. Alighieri earrings, $430. Alighieri earrings worn over nipples, $275.

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