There is something to be said about a woman who sticks to her well-defined style, even when in the public eye, and Ms. Janelle Monae definitely doesn't venture away from her personal style in the Janelle Monae for Essence November 2011 photo shoot.
The singer, who can call Karl Lagerfeld a fan of her look and music, is decked out in her usual black and white attire and retro coif. However, for perhaps the first time, she is photographed wearing a gorgeous black (leather or satin, from what I can tell) skirt in a retro cut that suits her beautifully.
The Janelle Monae for Essence November 2011 photo shoot, called 'Janelle My Belle,' was photographed by Kwaku Alston and styled by Nonja McKenzie.
Check out the shoot for some retro-chic style inspiration.