Janelle Monae Moves from Stage to Silver Screen with 'Moonlight'

Janelle Monae Moves from Stage to Silver Screen with 'Moonlight'

This season's V Girls channel film noir with a femme fatale twist. Up next, singer Janelle Monae who makes her film debut in Barry Jenkins's Oscar-worthy film 'Moonlight.'

This season's V Girls channel film noir with a femme fatale twist. Up next, singer Janelle Monae who makes her film debut in Barry Jenkins's Oscar-worthy film 'Moonlight.'

Photography: Jeff Bark

Styling: Beat Bolliger

From her roof-raising homage to Prince at this year’s BET Awards and laying down guest vocals for disco icon Chic’s comeback album, not to mention her forthcoming big-screen debut in Moonlight, this year Monáe’s voice was heard loud and clear.

JACKET MARC JACOBS SHIRT, TIE, BROOCH (WORN ON TIE) CHANEL HAT JJ HAT CENTRE PEARL RING AND HAND CHAIN BRACELET GUCCI EARRING ISABEL MARANT

How would you describe your style?

Time travel chic.

What is one book you recommend everyone should read?

The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjöö.

In 2016, I was most inspired by...

The Millennials and women protesting on front lines.

The best film I saw this year was...

I have two: Moonlight and Hidden Figures.

Currently, I’m listening to...

A Seat at the Table by Solange Knowles and Lamentations by Moses Sumney.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

To delete racism, sexism, hatred, and evil out of the hearts and minds of all humans and aliens.

2016 was...

The year of “Black Girl Magic.”

2017 will be...

The year of “Black Girl Magic” and “Carefree Black Girl.”

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