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Cover Girls: Janelle Monae for Essence Magazine

My favorite ATLien songbird Janelle Monae graces the cover of Essence Magazine’s May 2013 issue. In her feature, the flawless beauty discusses her decision to be unique, why she refuses to flaunt too much skin, and her definition of true beauty.

About her unique style:

“I made a decision to be unique […] I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.”

[I wanted to] “…redefine what it means to be sexy and what it means to be a woman. Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy […] People don’t ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes.”

Related: NEWS: Janelle Monae is the New COVERGIRL
About what she considers beautiful:

“I love givers. I love when I find out that someone’s given. I think people who give and give their time are some of the most beautiful people that I know.”

Take a look at the behind-the-scenes video over at Essence.com for more quotes and a sneak peek at her glam outfits.

What do you think about Janelle Monae’s stance on not showing skin? Do you agree?

Source: Essence.com

NEWS: Janelle Monae Is The New COVERGIRL

Photo Credit: http://www.JanelleMonae.com

From the day I first met musician and artist Janelle Monae back in the summer of 2010 on set of our  Honey Magazine April 2010 covershoot, I knew she was bound for even more greatness than she had already achieved.

Me w/Honey Editors & Janelle

2010 was a groundbreaking year for her career. She released her award-winning album The ArchAndroid (which subsequently became my all-time favorite summer anthem) and things continued to take off. Upon meeting her, I was overwhelmed by her beauty. She had such a striking face and such incredible style. As petite as she was, her presence was so incredibly large…and warm!

Related: Kickin’ It Behind The Scenes Janelle Monae

Anyway, I’ll stop the cloud of reminiscing to bring you the deets – my girl Janelle is the new face of COVERGIRL!  I am so incredibly proud to see an artist like Monae being featured in such an amazing way with one of the biggest beauty companies in the US. And the fact that she’s a natural girl at that? *3 snaps in a Z formation*

About her new Covergirl contract, she tells Vogue “I believe in the idea of every woman finding their own beauty superpowers. I want to help redefine what it means to be a strong woman in the music and fashion worlds.”

She’s gorgeous, inside and out. I can’t WAIT to see her ads in my favorite glossies – well deserved!

Watch her Behind The Scenes video with COVERGIRL below:

Source: Vogue