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Janelle Monae COVERS "ESSENCE", REVEALS Why She DOESN'T FLAUNT Her Body & PERFORMS "Little Wing" On "Late Night”

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Indie-fave Janelle Monae lands her first ESSENCE cover where she reveals her thoughts on body image and sex appeal.  Find out why she chooses to shield her body from fans inside and hear her cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing."


After winning her first grammy, Song of the Year, in February 2013 for "We Are Young" with the band Fun, indie-fave Janelle Monae may not be a underground artist for much longer as she bursts on the scene with a gorgeous ESSENCE magazine cover.  In the May 2013 issue, the singer boasts to the magazine that "I made a decision to be unique" as she reveals the origin of her iconic black-and-while ensembles and why her fans won't ever see her using sex appeal to sell records."  She tells the mag, "People don't ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes."

Since her debut in 2010, Janelle explains that her bold decision to remain covered up was 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."

She adds, "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."

Fans can pick up the May issue of ESSENCE (on newsstands April 5) and check out Janelle at this year's ESSENCE Festival in July.

And last night....


Janelle took the stage on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix with a beautiful remake of his “Little Wing” featuring The Roots and a solo from her guitarist Kellindo Parker.  Enjoy it above....



Janelle is a beautiful woman

Janelle is a beautiful woman and quite a talent. She wants to keep it classly and that is to be lauded in this day of oversexualizing of everything. But she's going to need a true break out hit if she wants to stay relevant and keep people's attention. So get back into that studio either for yourself, or to write huge hits for other acts. Either way keeping it covered and classly is not what's going to get you to the top anymore than having your ass out.
The Real Thing's picture

If "unique" means wearing the

If "unique" means wearing the same clothes (black/white), hairstyle (forehead puff), and makeup (red lip) day in and day out then more power to her. But she bores me to pieces.
Anonymous10's picture

she wants you to look past

she wants you to look past her "uniform". What you call the same clothes day and day out she calle it her "uniform" itrs her way way of paying homage to her, step- father (post office), Mom (maid), father (garbage man) who had to same the same uniform day in and day out...but unless you know that then I call see why people may judge her..listen to her hit "tightrope" and you will see she does not care what people think...true artist

OMG...you are the exact type

OMG...you are the exact type of person she talks about in so many articles...so you guys do exist..what she is wearing is really irrelevant to the product she is selling, People like you see beauty and talent as how much A@S you let hang out and how Raunchy and senseless the lyrics are...a nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards....nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the same ceremony...Her success has also garnered her several Grammy nominations. In March 2012.....the band fun. on which Monáe makes a guest appearance, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart...THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND SHE HAS NEVER FLASHED HER BREAST, HAD ASS HANG OUT BUT REMAINS THE SEXIEST ARTIST OUT THERE...

Any chairs nearby you,

Any chairs nearby you, Freddie?
Anonymous10's picture

Of course there is, chairs,

Of course there is, chairs, walls, a desk, desk, a computer, books all the things I need to be get through the day. We even have haters and hater-aide for those haters who get thirsty....Look our opinions of these "celebrities" (whom could not care less about us) just offer us a chance to go back and forth.


shuga's picture

And why did Essence make her

And why did Essence make her look 60.
TeaNicole's picture

I can't believe that pic was

I can't believe that pic was approved

She gets my respect and I'm

She gets my respect and I'm glad she said what she said...and meant it. Other so-called artists, please take note.
Carmen CaBoom's picture

my comment from 1987 must

my comment from 1987 must still be in queque. hmph!
shuga's picture

She's boring and I wish she

She's boring and I wish she would take that doodoo plop off of her head already.
cococaramel's picture

lol! they must have

lol! they must have photoshopped that monkey suit off of her bc I know she didnt take it off voluntarily.
shuga's picture

That hairdo must depart the

That hairdo must depart the premises!!! It's better than before, but no Cuban Cigar at all! smh!
Happy Lady's picture

Now thats what i'm talking

Now thats what i'm talking about young girls look up to all these women... anyhoo who want to get paid while doing nothing... http://instantpaydaynetwork.com/jmookey

Her voice is beautiful!

Her voice is beautiful!

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