Janelle Monáe Wore a Full Rainbow at the BET Awards in Honor of Pride Month

If anyone knows how to make significant (but meaningful) fashion statements, it’s the vivacious singer and actress, Janelle Monáe. Monáe brought the colorful Pride spirit to the BET Awards on June 25 when she walked the red carpet in a stunning rainbow-colored gown. 

Designed by Nicolas Jebran, the gown’s skirt featured textured frills in all the colors of the rainbow and an elegant black colored bodice. Monáe accessorized with a stylish conductor’s hat, silver around-ear earrings and an adorable purse shaped like a little UFO. With a long natural hair ponytail as the finishing touch, she showed the simple but extravagant beauty of her queer identity. She honored Pride month with her ensemble, and the internet couldn’t have been more excited about it.

After coming out as queer earlier this year, Monáe has been no stranger toward delivering empowering messages to the LGBTQ+ community. Her music and music videos take a truly artistic approach to the addressing the validity and beauty of queer love. Her recent music videos like “Pynk” and “Make Me Feel” unabashedly depict her thoughts on queer identity, wrapped in fresh and funky music that’s easy to vibe to and listen to deeply all at once. She really brought the heat with her performance of her song, “Django Jane”, another socially riveting anthem for Black Girl Magic. From music to art, Monáe has a vibrant mind, so of course, she sported a bold gown to match and represent the breadth of her identity.

Iesha Ismail is currently a junior double major in English and Women's Studies at the University of Florida. Iesha is a Feature Writer and Style Blogger for Her Campus National and Features Editor for Her Campus UFL. She is an Editorial Intern for Ecophiles Media as well as a Writer for UF Sparks Magazine. She loves to observe nature and fashion as inspiration for all kinds writing she's into. Fashion, culture, drawing, and animation are just a few of the passions she plays with on the daily. Whether it's writing colorful stories or sketching in her worn out sketchbooks, Iesha always dabbles in anything art.

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