26 Jun Janelle Monae Covers the PRIDE issue of Paper Magazine
Kansas City born singer in 1985, singer, song writer and producer Janelle Monáe , is the cover personality for Paper Magazine’s latest issue – an edition paying tribute to the PRIDE month.
Ms. Monae who described herself as pansexual in an interview with Rolling Stone just after releasing her critically acclaimed album ‘Dirty Computer’ with songs like “Make Me Feel,” “Crazy, Classic, Life,” and “Django Jane.” says in this feature that she’s mostly inclined to battling bullies, creating active change and strongly emphasising the importance of empowering and standing up for QTPOC. In her words during an interview with Paper’s writer Peyton Dix, she says “We have to be taught how to deal with bullies and bullies need to be taught the repercussions of bullying somebody. Sexual identity needs to be taught in school. There should be courses on mental health, how to coexist, how we can all learn from each other and the In the same way we want white folks to support us and be better allies and use their privilege to make change in those power dynamics, it’s up to us to protect those who may not be as privileged”
In case you were wondering what being a pansexual meant, the LGBT group GLAAD says pansexuality covers “anyone attracted to people of all genders or sexes, or regardless of sex or gender. So, generally people who are attracted to those who are trans, gender-fluid, androgynous, intersex and more.
Janelle who has been speculated to be in a romamtic relationship with Thor and Westworld star Tessa Thompson, was a no brianer choice for the cover that celebrates the LGBTQ community and PRIDE month. Styled in Ultra creative and high fashion pieces synonymous with her personal box shattering personal style by Alexandra Mandelkorn and aptly photographed by Kelia Anne. Posting pictures from the feature on her on her IG page, Monae’ writes “Between being suffocated by insecurities , anxiety , short comings , fears , disappointments , somehow you still fight for me and for you ❤️.”
See images from the editorial with full instagram credits below.
Nails: Kim Truong and Diem Truong