Megan Thee Stallion is uncharacteristically fully clothed in her cover photo for New York’s Fall Preview Issue.
Megan (who is celebrating the release of her new album, Traumazine) is also featured in The Cut‘s fashion portfolio wearing Vivienne Westwood, GmbH, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, and more.
The voluptuous rapper responded to critics who say she refuses to keep her clothes on to uplift Black women.
“When you are nice for so long, and you don’t really ever give too much back talk and nobody’s ever seen you step out of character, they assume what your character is.”
Megan clarifies that she is demure in private, but nothing to play with in public.
“They assume you’re not going to stand up. That’s when people start to try you,” she told writer Ashley C. Ford.
Megan explained the meaning behind the word “Traumazine.”
“Everybody has gone through their own trauma in their own way, and to me, Traumazine is me facing the things that I’ve been running from about myself.”
She thinks her new album can help others work through their own personal trauma.
“It’s comforting to know that other people are going through the same thing that you might be feeling. When something happens to people, they feel like, Oh my gosh, this is only me. This is not normal, or I’m probably the only person in the world that feels like this. But to hear somebody else talking about something that you’re probably feeling, it’s more comforting and more familiar. That’s why people resonate with hearing other people’s stories.”
Megan lives to impress her late parents, Holly Thomas and Joseph Pete Jr.
“He always believed I was going to be somebody,” she said of her father, but she really wanted to impress her mom with her rap skills.
“I didn’t tell her I wanted to rap. I kept it to myself. But I was in the corner studying her. And then finally I was just like, ‘Okay, I can rap.’ She was like, ‘No, you can’t.’ And I was like, ‘Yes, I can.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, Mama, don’t whoop me, but I’m about to curse.’ And I started rapping and she was like, ‘Whew, where’d you learn that?’… I had the coolest parents in the world, and I just wanted to be a good mix of both of them, and I feel like I am. That’s what keeps me going, keeps me inspired: How can I impress them today?”