Meg Thee Stallion Bodied This GQ Cover Shoot #NoCaps

Love or  Loathe her, Megan is 2020’s most popular upcomer and as GQ succinctly puts it this is   “The Year of Thee Stallion. “Covering the December/January issue of the magazine,  the chart topping rapper shares her side of the  Tory Lanez shooting story, her life before the fame, why the black woman needs to be protected and much more. Captured in a monochromatic themed shoot, Megan dishes out  posses that will give photographers joy and professional models a good run for their dollar.

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Read below excerpts from the story aptly captured by Allison P. Davis and read full story here on GQ’s page.

Megan often tells herself, “Always trust your first mind” her way of saying, “Listen to your gut.” That night, her first mind told her to get out of the car and find another way home. She tried exiting the vehicle to call for a different ride. But her phone died, it was late, she was in a bikini, and everyone was telling her to just get back in, so she did, even though there was an argument brewing. Megan doesn’t want to get into the specifics of the dispute—who started it, what it was about—but ultimately it doesn’t matter. As has been reported, when she tried to get out of the car again and walk away, according to Megan, Lanez started shooting at her feet, wounding her. She tells me the rest with disbelief still in her voice. “Like, I never put my hands on nobody,” she says. “I barely even said anything to the man who shot me when I was walking away. We were literally like five minutes away from the house.”

After he shot, she says, Lanez begged her not to say anything. She says he offered Megan and her friend money to stay quiet. “[At this point] I’m really scared,” Megan says, “because this is like right in the middle of all the protesting. Police are just killing everybody for no reason, and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.’ ” (A lawyer for Lanez denied that the rapper offered Megan and her friend money.)
When the cops arrived, Megan says, she just wanted to avoid trouble—she worried they’d get arrested or end up victims of police brutality if they were found with a weapon. The first thing she said to the responding officers who noticed her bloodied feet was, “I got cut.”
Later, in October, Lanez would be charged with felony assault, but in the immediate aftermath, as details and questions dripped into the news and onto social media, the incident became the kind of “He said, she said” that Twitter loves to litigate.

Megan Thee Stallion has been silent for about 30 seconds, hoping that the tears gathering in her eyes don’t give way to a full-on cry. Thirty seconds feels longer than 30 seconds when you’re watching a person hold it together—trying to hide a cry face that probably hasn’t changed much since childhood.

 Necklace, and drop earrings (prices upon request), by Bulgari / Diamond stud earring, bracelets, and rings, her own

We’ve arrived at this moment earlier than expected, the moment when she addresses the more-than-well-publicized incident that she described as “the worst experience of [her] life”—the shooting that she endured in July and the weeks that followed. A few hours before Megan and I meet, the man who allegedly shot her tweeted his intent to address the situation in some mysterious way later that night. And a few hours after our interview, he would release a whole album seemingly dedicated to defending himself, to seizing a narrative, to calling Megan a liar.

It may seem jarring to lay all this out at the beginning of the story, to start with a sudden cold plunge into a life-fracturing subject. In a year marked by undeniable success of Megan’s own making—the viral moments and omnipresent bops and joyous social media antics—this lone and shitty incident (that she didn’t create) has loomed persistently. Instead of sinking into the muck of a bad situation, Megan has chosen a way forward—not only by continuing to live her Hot Girl life, but also by transforming the ugliness of it all into an urgent message about how Black women in this country should be treated.

Throughout the strange weeks that followed the shooting, what surprised Megan most was that even though she had been a victim, she felt an expectation to project strength. “Like damn,” she says, “I have to be tough through all this? All the time? It was like, who really checks on us or who protected us? You just go your whole life with that mentality. And then when something actually happens to you, when you properly should have protected yourself, your first instinct was not to protect yourself, it was protecting other people.… So it was like, ‘What do I do?’ ‘What do I say?’ Like, ‘Is anybody going to believe what I’m saying?’ ”
Megan falls silent, giving herself another moment. She starts again carefully. “It was weird,” she says. “I saw something that said, ‘Check on your strong friends.’ And, like, a lot of people, they don’t do that because they think, Oh, this person is just so strong, so I know they got their stuff together.… I feel like I have to be strong for everybody, and I don’t want my friends or anybody around me to feel like it’s a pressure on me, ’cause I feel like they all start freaking out.”
She says she reached out to her friends and asked, “Why didn’t you call me?” And it helped. “Now they’re like calling me every five minutes,” she says with a laugh and a faux-petulant eye roll that lifts us out of the dark moment and into a lighter one.
She clears her throat. “When I was growing up, my mom didn’t have any help with me,” Megan says. “Everybody was doing everything that they could do to help. But it was only so much that my grandmother could do. And it was like, there’ll be times that I’m in an apartment with my mama and I know something’s wrong, but I don’t know what it is.” She pauses and tugs down on her hat. Megan’s mother, Holly Thomas, died from a brain tumor in March of 2019. They were incredibly close. When she was growing up in Houston, Megan says, her family wasn’t rich, but it was her mom who made her feel not just that she had everything she needed but that she wasn’t missing out on what she wanted, either.
Megan clears her throat again and begins to speak, this time like she’s addressing her mother directly. “Like, now, I’m understanding you got a lot on you; it’s a lot of pressure, but you’re not saying it to nobody. I know it’s probably just hard, to be a single mama trying to take care of yourself and your daughter. And you’re putting on a face.… You are acting like everything was okay so I feel comfortable.” Megan pauses and brings it back to what she’s experiencing right now: “I feel like a lot of Black girls learn that early. I did. I do that a lot.”

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Photographs by Adrienne Raquel
Styled by Eric McNeal
Hair by Kellon Deryck
Makeup by Megan Thee Stallion
Tailoring by Claudia Diaz
Manicure by Coca Michelle
Set design by Andrea Huelse

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