CoverGirl scored big when they recently tapped Janelle Monae to be its new face. Not only is Janelle an amazing musician but she's certainly got the looks to be touting some of our favorite beauty products.
The Huffington Post caught up with the 26-year-old songstress to find out what it's like to be a part of the CoverGirl crew, the best beauty advice she's ever been given and what's behind her signature black-and-white menswear-inspired style.
Congrats on the fab new CoverGirl gig! Are you feeling extra easy, breezy and beautiful?
Of course! To be celebrated by a brand that encourages all women to embrace their own artistic style, believes every woman is a CoverGirl and encourages you to be yourself, how couldn't you?
We were so excited to hear that you were tapped to join CoverGirl's crew of beauties. How do you plan on inspiring your fans through your specific CoverGirl ads/commercials?
I truly want to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds. I'd love to encourage all women to embrace the wonderful things that make us unique. Becoming a CoverGirl is truly a gift--it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out. I want everyone woman to know in her heart that she is already a CoverGirl.
Being a woman of color, does the role hold special significance?
Absolutely, I want every woman of color, women everywhere, to know we are all CoverGirls and to feel even more proud, more fearless, and more beautiful inside and out!
Who are your beauty inspirations?
Michelle Obama, Dorothy Dandridge, Erykah Badu, Katherine Hepburn, and Lauryn Hill to name a few. They are all such strong, empowering women with a unique sense of style and perspective on life. These women understand the importance of remaining beautiful inside-- not just on the outside.
What are your must-have makeup products from the CoverGirl collection?
I love CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara for bold, full dark lashes, CoverGirl LipPerfection Lip Color in Hot for my signature red lip and the CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer for a sculpted, natural glow!
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
You are only as beautiful as the many beautiful things you do for others without expectation.
We have to talk about your amazing personal style. We know you love your menswear, but you still manage to look amazingly feminine—how do you strike the balance?
Thank you so much. Honestly, I don't believe in menswear. I focus on what pieces are most timeless, transcendent, match my lifestyle, remain remarkable, and command intriguing attention across the room at an art gallery.
What inspires your personal style?
I'm inspired by the words: electrifying, epic, minimalistic, transcendent, timeless and rock ‘n roll.
What’s your off stage/off camera look? Are you always rocking your black and white threads and pompadour?
My signature hairstyle is called "The Monáe." It's pinned and twisted much differently than a pompadour, which I love as well. And unfortunately only my close friends and family are privy to how I look and dress off stage. For balance purposes I have to separate the two.
Check out a few pics from Janelle's CoverGirl photo shoot--and some other famous faces who have repped beauty brands over the years.
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
Joan Collins for Revlon, 1980
Liza Minnelli for Revlon, 1980
Brooke Shields for Revlon, 1988
Audrey Hepburn for Revlon, 1988
Milla Jovovich for Revlon, 1989
Opera Winfrey for Revlon, 1989
Salma Hayek for Revlon, 1998-Present
Cindy Crawford for Revlon, 1992
Melanie Griffiths for Revlon, 1996
Shania Twain for Revlon 1999
Lucy Liu for Revlon, 2000
Jamie King, Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore & Halle Berry for Revlon, 2004
Susan Sarandon for Revlon, 2005
Jessica Alba for Revlon, 2007
Beau Garrett for Revlon, 2007-2009
Jennifer Connelly for Revlon, 2008-Present
Jessica Biel for Revlon, 2009-Present
Elle Macpherson for Revlon, 2011
Olivia Wilde for Revlon, Present
Emma Stone for Revlon, Present
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
Aimee Mullin for L'Oreal, 2011-Present
Isabella Rossellini for Lancome, 1982-1996
Juliette Binoche for Lancome, 1995-2008