[Close-Up] Janelle Monáe x ‘Bustle’ August 2018

Janelle Monaé x Bustle
Photo Credit: Yu Tsai

Janelle Monáe is serving up some serious glow for her latest cover spread. This time, the I Like That singer is queening for Bustle‘s first-ever “Rule Breakers” issue, which celebrates “trailblazers who have shaped today’s culture,” said the digital magazine.

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For the cover spread, she poses it up in the midst of Atlanta’s historic Pullman Yards while rocking vibrant organza gowns dipped in fall’s must-have colors. Her braided pigtails and textured updos were coiffed by go-to stylist Nikki Nelms and dewy face beat by Jessica Smalls.


Inside, she talks sexuality, activism and takeaways from her latest album, The Dirty Computer. 

Janelle Monaé x Bustle
Photo Credit: Yu Tsai

On coming out as pansexual:

“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to have a career and to perform. When I walk off the stage, I’m still a young, black, queer woman, born to working-class parents.”

Janelle Monaé x Bustle
Photo Credit: Yu Tsai

On Dirty Computer:

“This is a very American album, through the lens of a black woman, and it’s saying that this country may not be working in my favor now, but it will be in mine before it’s all over. That is the hope that I want to leave, because that’s the hope that I mean.”

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