[Close-Up] Janelle Monáe Rocks Funky Cornrows For ‘Them’ Cover

Janelle Monáe x Them
Photo Credit: Justin French

Our favorite mother android is serving up braided fire for her latest cover spread. The Pynk singer poses it up in a series of twisted cornrow looks for them.‘s debut cover story.

[SEE ALSO: 19 Times Janelle Monáe And Nikki Nelms Gave Us Hair Life]

Styled by hair guru Nikki Nelms, the beauty’s look is complemented with a vibrant eyeshadow and dewy beat by Jessica Smalls and structured avant-garde looks styled by Solange Franklin.


Janelle Monáe
Photo Credit: Justin French

Inside, she talks identity, sexuality and living out loud with fellow boundary-pusher Lizzo.

“To be young, queer, and Black in America means that you can be misunderstood,” says Janelle. “You can be hated. It also means that you can be celebrated and loved. And I think that there’s a lot at stake when you’re living out loud in that way.”

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isis is digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty director for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the top hair and beauty directory for women of color.