We were psyched when CoverGirl announced that the spunky, talented Janelle Monae would be its next face. The 26-year-old singer, whose music is influenced by everyone from David Bowie to Jimi Hendrix to Judy Garland (and is beloved by Michelle Obama), joins a lineup of easy, breezy, beautiful celebs who've shilled for the decades-old brand.

With her signature black-and-white wardrobe, pompadour hair and playful dance moves, Monae surely injects a fresh feel to the latest CoverGirl campaign. The beauty brand posted a slew of backstage pics to Pinterest, in which Monae proves she's got more attitude wrapped up in her pinky than Taylor Swift does in her whole being.

Not to knock T-Swift's cheery CoverGirl spots, of course. But Janelle's bouffant, necktie and saddle shoes are the coolest thing to hit CoverGirl in... well, a very long time.

Furthermore, we're pleased to note that Janelle is just the next in a long line of African American women to rep CoverGirl. Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah and Rihanna have all been named faces of the brand and Monae told Vogue.com that she used to admire Banks' CoverGirl ads.

Props, CoverGirl, on the excellent choice. Check out sneak peek pics of Janelle Monae's campaign below as well as a behind-the-scenes video. (How adorable are her Wondaland Arts Society men?!) See more at Pinterest.com.

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Which other famous women have repped beauty brands?

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  • Cindy Crawford for Revlon, 1992

  • Milla Jovovich for Revlon, 1989

  • Jennifer Connelly for Revlon, 2008-Present

  • Brooke Shields for Revlon, 1988

  • Opera Winfrey for Revlon, 1989

  • Melanie Griffiths for Revlon, 1996

  • Shania Twain for Revlon 1999

  • Lucy Liu and Halle Berry for Revlon, 2000

  • Joan Collins for Revlon, 1980

  • Liza Minnelli for Revlon, 1980

  • Audrey Hepburn for Revlon, 1988

  • Jessica Biel for Revlon, 2009-Present

  • Beau Garrett for Revlon, 2007-2009

  • Jessica Alba for Revlon, 2007

  • Susan Sarandon for Revlon, 2005

  • Salma Hayek for Revlon, 1998-present

  • Olivia Wilde for Revlon, Present

  • Elle Macpherson for Revlon, 2011

  • Tyra Banks for CoverGirl, 1997

  • Queen Latifah for CoverGirl, 2001-present

  • Faith Hill for CoverGirl, 2001

  • Keri Russell for CoverGirl, 2006-present

  • Drew Barrymore for CoverGirl, 2007-present

  • Ellen Degeneres for CoverGirl, 2009-present

  • Rihanna for CoverGirl, 2009-present

  • Dania Ramirez for CoverGirl, 2009-present

  • Brandy for CoverGirl, 2009

  • Molly Sims for CoverGirl, 2010-present

  • Taylor Swift for CoverGirl, 2011-present

  • Sofia Vergara for CoverGirl, 2011-present

  • Jamie King, Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore & Halle Berry for Revlon, 2004

  • Aishwarya Rai for L'Oreal, 2005-2011

  • Diane Keaton for L'Oreal, 2006-Present

  • Penelope Cruz, 2006-Present

  • Jane Fonda for L'Oreal, 2006-Present

  • Claudia Schiffer for L'Oreal, 2006-Present

  • Gong Li for L'Oreal, 2007-Present

  • Mila Jovovich for L'Oreal, 2007-Present

  • Doutzen Kroes for L'Oreal, 2007-Present

  • Leitita Casta, 2008-Present

  • Beyonce for L'Oreal, 2008-Present

  • Eva Longoria for L'Oreal, 2009-Present

  • Evangeline Lily for L'Oreal, 2009-Present

  • Diane Krugar for L'Oreal, 2009-Present

  • Freida Pinto for L'Oreal, 2009-Present

  • Jennifer Lopez for L'Oreal, 2010-Present

  • Gwen Stefani for L'Oreal, 2010-Present

  • Isabella Rossellini for Lancome, 1982-1996

  • Juliette Binoche for Lancome, 1995-2008

  • Drew Barrymore for Lancome, 2005

  • Kate Winslet for Lancome, 2007-present

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