Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe resembled a black Audrey Hepburn on the red carpet at the 89th Annual Oscar Awards. The 31-year-old singer/actress made her first Oscar Awards appearance after starring in the critically acclaimed movies Hidden Figures and Moonlight, which won Best Picture.

Janelle wore an Elie Saab Couture dress featuring layers of diamonds, embroidered appliqué, feathers and other fabric. She pulled it all together with a sheer bodice that exuded sensuality.

Janelle’s stylist cried tears of joy upon seeing her muse wearing the custom frock. “I’d never seen anything so beautiful in my life,” stylist Maeve Reilly told WWD magazine.

“It’s one of those where it’s stunning but it’s very different for her,” said Maeve, Janelle’s stylist of four years. “So we got the dress in and there was actually a conflict; the brand had potentially promised it to somebody else through the designer. We (were making the decision) back in December if this was going to be our dress, and it was just sort of a moment where we saw her in the dress, and, I mean, I literally cried. I’d never seen anything so beautiful in my life. It really felt like the dress that you wear to your first Oscars, when you have two movies that are potentially going to win.”

Janelle accessorized her dazzling ensemble with Forevermark diamond jewelry, including several rings, and a Jennifer Behr Artemisia Crystal Crown on her head.

But Janelle’s ensemble befuddled her lesbian fans who look to her for style inspiration. Her fans who are used to seeing the star rock the androgynous look on the red carpet were taken aback with Janelle’s sudden departure from her norm.

But Maeve said Janelle’s fans were ready for a new look after wearing monochrome black and white for most of her career.

“I think as time went on, we realized that we were kind of falling into a dress pattern, and embracing a different side of Janelle,” Maeve added. “But I think we’ve done a really good job of keeping it kind of quirky and young and interesting, as opposed to most actresses (who) are like ‘throw on a dress and go.'”

Photos by Apega/WENN.com

  • SaltineCrackers

    Janelle always looks amazing!

  • Missy

    ALWAYS!!

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    I love this look on her! Gorgeous woman with perfect skin

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Yasss Janelle :) Work hunny!

  • KarmaBackAround

    This was the first thing that caught my eye when I tuned in.. this dress is Gorgeous!

  • Hell_On_Heelz

    I think she was paying homage to the Legendary Josephine Baker! She looked breathtakingly beautiful.

  • iWasteTime

    She looked amazing!

  • Strong White Woman

    She looks beautiful. Too bad you turned down her alleged invitation way back then? Something tells me she’s a freak in the sheets?? Anyway, somebody came up in my mentions randomly preaching. She was late to the party though. It’s Oscar related so worth the repost

    “A SPOLIED celebrity was elected as President. Folks saying that wanted an outsider, Yep we got one so out there he don’t know how to rein himself back in. Folks said they didn’t want a politician. Yep, you got that as well but you wanna complain because he doesn’t know what the hell he is doing. Using the words learning curve and President in the same sentence is not compatible. Folks thought he would create jobs. He was shown to hire undocumented workers to work on his hotels and his stuff is made overseas. Folks still call him a successful businessman after filing bankruptcy 6 times and losing a billion dollars a year and yet they trust this man to make the economy grow. Folks complaining about Affleck receiving an award but yet we gave an ADMITTED sexual predator who bragged about groping women the award of being President. If folks didn’t want a celebrity as President they should have never voted for one because our reality is turning into a nightmare.”

  • Locapoca

    She’s so Classy and beautiful! Go head Miss Monae! ??

  • bemetoo

    Come on now that dress is a mess

  • AlwaysPi7

    Wanted to love this dress but I don’t as a whole

  • Strong White Woman

    Don’t she look good. I bet she’s really active in bed. Doesn’t just lay there moaning and grunting. No offense to you?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    her face is gawjus?? as for the dress … Not my forte

  • Missy

    …a beautiful mess tho….no?

  • Strong White Woman

    I love it. True to her signature style, yet very upscale couture? Anyway doe, wyd??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Over here washing clothes chile … What up Ashy one ?

  • Lovezoe

    Gawjus

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  • puppylove

    Love her ensemble

  • Strong White Woman

    Just finished rubbing whip on my belly? Pray for me girl. The less stretch marks I get the more likely I am to be ready come bikini season??

  • puppylove

    You missed the butsecks talk downstairs.

  • nucynu25

    Yesss

  • nucynu25

    Mac&cheese .. ribs ,baked beans & vodka.. am happy ??

  • Nancy Drew is All The Way Up!

    LMAO!!! yall so stoopid, ROFL!!!

  • Strong White Woman

    Lmaaaaaaaao? I saw. I stayed out of it. Her highness threatened to ban me last time I spoke about anal relations?

  • bemetoo

    Well she look good but that dress was all over the place.. Lace a belt a choker glitter fringe a twool beads see threw sheer top I mean that’s a lot

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You still using whip me too.. Bought a gang of it sometime last year and I still use it ????

  • Strong White Woman

    Hey suga?

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  • KDub

    Sad she cut her hair but she is GORGE.

  • Strong White Woman

    Yes mam. Whip is the isht??

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  • nucynu25

    I will never be bikini ready .. these tiger marks a bish ?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I can’t stand u ?

  • puppylove

    Hey Nu

  • Strong White Woman

    ????

  • nucynu25

    I can’t really get into her music but her vibe/look is everything. She has that “it”.

  • nucynu25

    Hey babes .. how you ?

  • nucynu25

    ????

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    She’s a beauty.

  • puppylove

    Good been hiding behind this tank at work for 3 hours

  • nucynu25

    Well , you don’t hve long . I go Wed . Am drinking .. am starting my new yr resolutions when I go back to work .

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    She has no act right Nan as long as I’ve been brushing her back hair *rolls eyes* hmph…..

  • puppylove

    Roflmao new year same Nu

  • MissyJ

    Her dress was really cute as you watched it move. In pics it doesn’t translate

  • nucynu25

    Don’t be negative .. this was just a trial run . How the fam ?

  • IAmLegend

    She looked amazing! Stunning!

  • Nancy Drew is All The Way Up!

    eye SWEAR I was about to remind a certain someone of your dedication to grooming that mange…. lawd…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/615d380290005c75f2b73b61063d678adb00cb683258e4273a2f5c12b8d5723d.gif

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  • puppylove

    Trail failed. SIBLINGS are good, daddy lying to folks, so I’ll be there in about 10 days to surprise him.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The belt seems out of place though.

    SMR: Her fans who are used to seeing the star rock the androgynous look on the red carpet were taken aback with Janelle’s sudden departure from her norm

    Yeah I have noticed that she’s been trying to fem it up since the awards season began.

    She’s trying to become a mainstream actress and make that money.

  • nucynu25

    Aww that sucks .. man I hope he don’t hve that monkey on his back .

  • nucynu25

    I thought the same abt the belt .. no need for it . She been looking a little more gem lately .. she pulling a Latifa

  • puppylove

    If he do I’ll be on his back, head, wallet.

  • Buttercup

    I loved her entire look.

  • NeverSurprised

    Way, way too much, plus it looked uncomfortable with all of those stones circling her neck. Then on top if it all, the headpiece (so unnecessary). She is a stunningly beautiful woman. If anyone can afford to pare things down and still shine, it’s her.

    And in no way I’d this Hepburnesq. The cut, yes. The fabric, never. Hepburn never wore anything this garish. She was a minimalist who always allowed her beauty to overpower her clothes. Here, the opposite is true. And that’s a shame, since Janelle was arguably the most beautiful woman at the ceremony. Her face is perfection.

  • nucynu25

    Bloop

  • Nancy Drew is All The Way Up!

    lawd this has really tickled me…. folk starting their spring cleaning and Nuc starting her new yr resolutions… right here at Lent… I caint!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b029c76378ea5eb0d17be0ae40b316f329298b08b0b47105020d3c5aaea4a82e.gif

  • nucynu25

    Never too late for change ???

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  • nucynu25

    ???

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  • Buttercup

    Girl, you better put on a bikini and call it a day. I have them on the sides of my tummy and let them hang out in all of their glory!

  • nucynu25

    ???

  • Buttercup

    Girl, you better put on a bikini and call it a day. I have them on the sides of my tummy and let them hang out in all of their glory!

  • nucynu25

    ??? I don’t worry abt them shidd .. I ain’t met a dude yet that put his dik up bc I got stretch marks but idk abt a bikini …

  • nucynu25

    ??? I don’t worry abt them shidd .. I ain’t met a dude yet that put his dik up bc I got stretch marks but idk abt a bikini …

  • puppylove

    New post

  • Lovezoe
  • puppylove

    New post

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  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I disagree.

    Janelle has nice strong facial features that I think are hidden under a lot of hair–the same for Halle Berry.

  • Lovezoe
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    Hey Dub! *gives you one of many random e-hugs to come…. just because* https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e992eb809e3c78556e1bae76a957ee392f74c42daf190275b13fe9cdd8a8826.gif

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I disagree.

    Janelle has nice strong facial features that I think are hidden under a lot of hair–the same for Halle Berry.

  • Nancy Drew is All The Way Up!

    Hey Dub! *gives you one of many random e-hugs to come…. just because* https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e992eb809e3c78556e1bae76a957ee392f74c42daf190275b13fe9cdd8a8826.gif

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  • Nataliegaye

    She has such a stunning face that I did not pay attention to the dress. The dress is pretty just seemed to overpower her petite frame

  • MissyJ

    Her dress to where?? And why??

  • Lovezoe

    Think an after party. Wanna be seen.

  • Buttercup

    You can’t be serious.

  • Lovezoe

    A mess.

  • Buttercup

    I used to be self-conscious about them. Cockblocker said he ain’t care one bit; in fact, he sees them as guides for the perfect grip :ghost:

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow she looks like a streetwalker or Mystique in X Men.

  • puppylove

    This can’t be real. Her stylist hates her.

  • Strong White Woman

    Very Insta boutique chic. Unless she was doing a favor to a Black owned upstart designer, issa no from me?

  • KDub

    Hey babycakes *hugs ya*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ????

  • Nancy Drew is All The Way Up!

    One side, rich yacht thot resort wear. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6372ccd0fb78a5e96a6bd42f0197b28b3ca7b5ebc8d1f42c34fadb40e042259b.gif

    The other side, black history month praise dance: ““I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3fed1aa979b59e05aa9fc5191b385362a3e258bb90139b61a295275fab20cdb.gif

    (her hair cute though!)

  • nucynu25

    Nassyyy ???

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    don’t judge her Zoe…. she ain’t started her new year resolutions yet https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb4264f7d4d7227830d50436ebc02fe52f854ab6633bc6dbb91c04c30c8efcd0.gif

  • Tlowe89

    She is beautiful and the dress is so intricately detailed yet gorgeous. She reminds of someone who stepped out of a Disney fairytale

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Nah Gabby…nah

  • Tlowe89

    Wth she got on and at the oacars… facepalm

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    all one color maybe??? I dont like this blue/blk get up.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Look like someone cut up two different dresses, sewed them together and said voilà!

  • SumthinSweeter

    smh. a sure misssssstake. dang I could have found her something at Macy’s cuter than that.

  • http://www.beautyisland.weebly.com Indigo

    Evolution is beautiful

  • digital_femme

    Oh noooooo. It looks like a partially tied swim cover-up. Usually she dresses beautifully for these types of things.

  • shaylynnn

    She looks like the special collection Barbie dolls I use to collect! ??? & the dress she wore to the after party was beautiful!

  • Lovezoe

    I told you new year same her

  • hi-liter

    I’m on the fence about this dress on Gabby. She has the body to wear it though. Looks like something J-Lo would wear.

  • kekeb

    This is one of the most beautiful women alive

  • Dollface

    Im certain she did not cut her hair.

  • the conscious one

    I’m glad I didn’t have any water in my mouth while reading this heading, lol. It would have been all over the keyboard.

  • LeeSeeCee

    Janelle is gorgeous!!

  • LeeSeeCee

    She should fire her stylist. Sorry, but even though her body can rock the dress, it looks bland. The shoes are wrong (never would have used a chunky strap across the foot) and she needed some bada** arm cuffs for the bare arm and longer earrings.

  • Lisa jones

    I loved the dress, that middle part in the skirt is too big . If they made it smaller would of been better. Still fly !! Amazing !!

  • Hell_On_Heelz

    Yep, I saw this. Would had been a good look in like 2002/2003. She’s always a bit off to me when it comes to putting a look together.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Can’t be…. Fire the stylist.

    That was Oscar night, not Source Awards

  • Tammie Reed

    Janelle looked like a doll! Loved the dress, minus the necklace and belt. The dress was embellished enough but still great look on her. Her makeup and hair was flawless!

  • Erin Blockabitch

    I love her head-to-toe look. Janelle takes risks and chose a very avant garde dress. Most people go with a “safe” look. I love the crown around her head. It compliments her short hair.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Janelle is so fashion forward and daring. I love this look on her. She looks flawless!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    O.M.G!!!!! I cannot believe this right here!!! Gabby usually doesn’t mess up like this! This outfit looks stupid…She got on half a dress and half a bikini with a towel draped on the side…

  • Quitedeliteful

    Shoot!!! H&M woulda had something better than this!!

  • Naomi

    I’m sorry but I’m not feeling this look at all. For some reason, I’ve just been turned off by Janelle Monae lately. I feel like she’s smelling herself too much….doing the most and to me this dress proved it.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I thought the belt looked out of place too. With all that is going on with that dress she didn’t need it.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yeah… I noticed she’s tryna look a lot more fem. Does she dip in the lady pond???

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Janelle looks like Lena Horne’s tan great grand-baby.

  • sherri2016

    S.R seems to be obsessed with people’s sex lives more than reporting real news instead of congratulating black celebrities on accomplishments all I read is who’s gay who’s not

  • hottlanta

    I am glad she is smelling herself. If she won’t so it no one else will. So sniff, sniff on Ms. J. Whatever scent you are wearing I want it as well, tired of being broke.

  • Naomi

    Hahaha I feel you. I used to like her a lot, but recently…meh

  • hottlanta

    Like I said earlier had the middle bottom part of the dress had been black it would be gorgeous. It’s too busy. It looks as if you rub up against her you might start scratching.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Janelle has had a very daring, bold and beautiful awards season, and her dresses have been so awesome! I don’t like this one, but hey, it’s only one dress! It kinda canned her in, sometimes less is better, but this dress definitely fits her based on her music styling! She’s beautiful, talented and stays in her lane without being too extra!

  • Phyllis

    Janelle can do no wrong in my eyes. She is such a beautiful young lady….???

  • hottlanta

    Don’t know her personally and I don’t get into people lives that I know that deep. Far as I can see she minds her own business and keep it moving. If she was going around chasing dykks or carpet (according to some) with any and everybody we would be dogging her to death. She is chasing that money. Has 2 films up for an award how awesome and rare is that. Go Ms. J. Go.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Can we ever leave white ladies out of our business? Audrey Hepburn? Please.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Janelle is stunning though a bit busy.

  • Li

    Too much fabric. Over-done.

  • Michelle

    Don’t like this dress…….

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    Hey strong white girl, why is this gawjus woman’s compliment from another skinfolk sister “black Audrey Hepburn”? Thoughts?

  • Strong White Woman

    Hmmmm? You know what, first off, Hello. And it’s Woman, not girl? Nah but you know what? Depending on the person saying it, their intent, I heard someone say that about??? Whoever it was 2 awards seasons ago. I think it was Taraji? A Black person called her that and a few in the shae patrol didn’t like it. They then mentioned Nicki idolizing Anna Nicole and Monroe. How we shouldn’t be the Black anything, but I disagreed. Viola, Angela, and probably a few others have been called the Black Meryl. Now that can take on so many arguments, but at the end of the day if Viola who is her friend (Meryl) and Angela both see that as a huge compliment…I get that it’s just weird when sprites call us the Black anything…

  • Strong White Woman

    Looking at some close ups, I wouldn’t be surprised if Halle 2002 wasn’t her inspiration. Same type of dress, hair. Maybe it is offensive likening her to Audrey when her true inspiration was a Black woman? Like they did with Lupita’s hair at the met ball. Clearly a tribute to Mother Africa, but they said it was Hepburn didn’t they? Maybe there is shadegul intents. I get Hepburn is a treasure so being compared is a compliment, but then it’s kind of more of that attributing everything to them, when really, it shouldn’t be?

  • Tena

    Janelle can wear a paperbag and still look good. The dress is busy but looks great on her.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    The dress fits her style…. her hair makeup the whole look fits her. It would not work on anyone else but her. Relish the moment young lady and continue to climb higher.

  • starbright9449

    The dress doesn’t look too busy, I think it has the right amount of decorations and style. Think outside of the box for one people and try to find beauty and admire things that are unique but still beautiful, stylish and artsy. I have not one complaint about her look. The headpiece and everything is just adorable, she’s stunning. Her look is very well put together, stop finding things to pick at! These comments are so ridiculous! It’s like crabs in a barrel.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What’s the difference between Audrey and Halle? Aren’t they both white?

  • Strong White Woman

    Lmaaaaaaaaao

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    According to the resident lesbian (Sandra Mae Rose) yes.

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    She does her thing when it comes to fashion……but this dress RIGHT HERE….and I am just going to leave it at that.

  • lady_elle

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this look on Janelle Monáe. She does no wrong in my eyes. She takes risks… so far I’ve loved most of them. :-)

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  • Strong White Woman

    There it is?

  • stav

    Exquisite, daring, frilly, ethereal, black girl gorgeous !

  • stav

    I have to agree with that, you know they think they’ve pioneered everything.

  • stav

    It’s the teeth!

  • Malcom Flex

    BEAUTIFUL AND FLY PERIOD

  • Rayne

    I would wear this dress. Beautiful

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    She is so regal

  • tynamight

    Y’all not gone make me like that dress. I feel like she fell in a bag of sequins.

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    She looked so amazing. Like EVERY element of this look was stunning. I was sooooooo impressed with her and Taraji.

  • Tiffany Miller

    This was beautiful. She is one to watch. She will win one someday. Who wants to wear pants all the time?? She has a beautiful face and shape that should be seen sometimes.

  • Tiffany Miller

    It’s for someone her size. My plushness would have jewels and glitter everywhere.

  • surprise2012

    The dress would’ve been prettier without the black sheer thing around it.

  • http://batman-news.com MzTee

    This is not one of her best looks to me. The hairstyle is also not flattering.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    …and her eyes.

  • Shag

    She looked absolutely beautiful!

  • Emily post

    Thats awesome for her…

  • nora tee

    That dress….nah