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Janelle Monae Opens Up About Coming Out as Pansexual

Janelle Monae is on the cover of InStyle‘s third Badass Women issue, out on newsstands on July 19.

Here’s what the 33-year-old musician had to say…

On redefining the music industry: “I’ve always wanted to redefine what a cool young black woman looks like in the music industry. I was never interested in fitting into a system that wasn’t built for me or with me in mind. I’m interested in burning that s–t down and building something new.”

On embracing her uniqueness: “Embracing your uniqueness is an active choice. I don’t wake up looking flawless every morning. I don’t wake up feeling empowered. I don’t wake up feeling fearless. I have to actively choose to feel that way.” She adds with a laugh, “I’m like Issa Rae in Insecure, like, ‘Bitch, keep it together!’”

On coming out as pansexual: “I talked to my mom and dad first, and my mom, in particular, had a lot of questions. I said, ‘Mama, the only way that I can create art is to truthfully tell my story. It has to come from an honest place, and this is who I honestly am. I don’t know any other way. I have to talk about my sexuality. I have to talk about my blackness. I have to talk about my womanness. I have to talk about these things. This is who I am as a person.’”

For more from Janelle, head to InStyle.com.

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Janelle Monae Celebrates Collaboration With Belvedere Vodka

Janelle Monae looked so chic while celebrating her collab with Belvedere Vodka!

The 33-year-old musician stepped out for the event on Monday evening (June 24) at The Tisch Skylights at The Shed in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Janelle Monae

The celebration was in honor of the launch of Janelle‘s “A Beautiful Future” limited edition bottle, each of which features Janelle‘s signature.

“I believe a beautiful future starts within,” Janelle said on the brand’s Instagram while explaining their beverages feature no additives.

Check out all that Janelle had to say…

FYI: Janelle is wearing a Hellessy dress.

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Janelle Monae Is The Mad Hatter at the Met Gala 2019!

Janelle Monae is showstopping as she hits the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 6) in New York City.

The 33-year-old singer-actress is wearing a custom Christian Siriano ensemble, which included an eye on her top that blinked on its own on the carpet.

“What an honor to create for this amazing woman!,” Christian captioned with his Instagram post. “Watch that eye blink tonight!”

The Costume Institute Gala Benefit this year is celebrating the opening of the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition and is hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

FYI: Janelle finished her look with a Sarah Sokol Millinery hat, a Judith Leiber clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes, Hanut Singh earrings, and Stefere rings.

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Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale Couple Up at Harry Josh's Pre-Met Ball Dance Party!

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are looking so cute together at Harry Josh’s Pre-Met Ball Dance Party at the Times Square Edition Hotel on Saturday (May 4) in New York City.

The 39-year-old Bridesmaids actress and the 49-year-old Boardwalk Empire star were among the many stars in attendance at the chic event.

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Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Carpenter, Olivia Palermo and husband Johannes Huebl, Padma Lakshmi, Tracee Ellis Ross, Amber Valletta, and Antoni Porowski were all seen partying as well.

Celebrity hairstylist Harry took over the Paradise Club on the hotel’s seventh floor. The party recalled Studio 54, complete with aerialists, performers, musicians, movie stars, supermodels, fashion photographers and athletes and a rare sighting of iconic fashion editors like Tonne Goodman and Paul Cavaco.

If you don’t know, Harry has been hosting his star-studded Pre-Met Ball parties on-and-off since 2005.

You should give @HarryJoshProTools a follow on Instagram. Harry has made waves with his professional line of hair styling tools that has reached cult status in recent years!

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Kacey Musgraves & Janelle Monae Prep for Met Gala in NYC!

Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monae both look so chic while leaving The Mark Hotel on Saturday afternoon (May 4) in New York City.

Both of the singers, who performed at Coachella last month, are in town to attend the Met Gala on Monday night.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kacey Musgraves

This will be Kacey‘s first time at the annual fashion event while Janelle attended in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

You can currently catch Janelle in the new animated musical film UglyDolls, which is playing in theaters everywhere.

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Kelly Clarkson & Janelle Monae Go Glam at 'UglyDolls' Premiere

Kelly Clarkson strikes a pose in a stunning fuchsia dress as she stepped out for the UglyDolls premiere on Saturday afternoon (April 27) at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Joining 37-year-old entertainer at the premiere was her husband Brandon Blackstock and their kids River, 4, and Remington, 3, along with her step-kids Savannah and Seth.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kelly Clarkson

Also stepping out for the premiere were Kelly‘s costars Janelle Monae and Pitbull.

Devious Maids star Edy Ganem was also in attendance.

UglyDolls hits theaters on May 3.

FYI: Kelly is wearing a Christian Siriano dress and Dena Kemp earrings.

15+ pictures inside of the stars at the premiere…More Here! »

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Janelle Monae & Ella Mai Rock Out During Coachella Night One

Janelle Monae and Ella Mai hit the stage for their performances during night one of the 2019 Coachella Music Festival on Friday (April 12) in Indio, Calif.

During Janelle‘s set, Lizzo made a surprise appearance!

Janelle wore five different outfits during the show and her stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn opened up to THR about the looks.

“She’s like some starship commander from an amazing Afrofuture planet,” she said. “There’s a through line of militaristic elements throughout the show. It gives a commanding presence and evokes the sense of leadership and leading a revolution, leading a charge. And Janelle‘s message is one very much rooted in love and spreading that sort of mentality. Having the militaristic elements but someone who is preaching love is a dynamic we don’t often see.”

Ella made her Coachella debut that night!

FYI: Janelle is wearing Oliver Peoples x The Row sunglasses.

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