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.
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.
PRODUCTION CREDITS: 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