Janelle Monae Talks Love and Motherhood as Vibe Vixen Cover Girl

The singer says she's too focused on birthing her next album to think about children.

Posted: 08/22/2013 11:42 AM EDT
Janelle Monae, Vibe Vixen

(Photo: Courtesy of VIBE Vixen)

Janelle Monáe sure knows how to take a flawless shot. The singer graces the cover of Vibe Vixen's latest issue and in it she opens up about motherhood, love and the responsibility she feels towards being a force for change in her community.

"I've evolved. When you realize it's your responsibility to be a leader and create the world that you want to see, you have to do it. It's my responsibility to create music and come up with ideas that keep my community first," she said.

Monáe described what she'd want out of a partner and the personalities she finds attractive: an understanding someone with ambition and compassion who won't try to ground her when she wants to soar.

"An android is my preference — two androids and a cyborg," Monáe said. "I'm someone who sees your spirit and soul. I love passionate androids; one that knows exactly what it's going to do in life. I love smart androids, idealists, leaders, but good followers. Androids that are compassionate, honest, can make me laugh, knows how to handle an Electric Lady and supports an Electric Lady's dreams, and wings when it's time to fly."

She also fielded questions about any future children and admitted that her mind was focused on birthing another important creation at the moment.

"When the time is right. Everything is about timing," she said. "Right now, I'm giving birth to this album, The Electric Lady. I feel like I need Erykah Badu because she is a midwife and it's time to push this baby on out."

Monáe, who wore a sparkled Catherine Malandrino jacket with black Topshop pants, Chanel fingerless gloves and snakeskin Christian Louboutins for her fashion shoot, also talked about  joining the ranks as a CoverGirl spokesperson for the beauty brand.

"I feel privileged to stand alongside strong women like Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, Sofia Vergara and Queen Latifah. We come in many shapes and sizes, colors. CoverGirl inspires young girls to dream big and say, 'I can be a CoverGirl too.'"


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