Janelle Monáe graces the May cover of ESSENCE, and while we've always been a fan of her bold beauty looks, we have to admit that she's one of our biggest natural hair crushes too! Although Monáe has consistently sported her trademark pompadour, we never tire of seeing her in this fierce natural updo. Take a look at the many ways she's remixed her pretty pomp over the years.
Before she began wearing her signature updos, Monáe sported a kinky twist-out like the one she wore at Outkast’s CD release event in Atlanta.
2007: Jewely Jam
At the Atlanta premiere for Who’s Your Caddie, Monáe wore her pompadour with big button earrings.
2009: Natural Hair Rocks
Monáe was all smiles at the Black Girls Rock awards in a kinky-curly pompadour, feathery lashes and clear lip gloss.
2011: Fresh Faced
At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Monáe flaunted sleek edges, an oversized pompadour and fun, flirty lashes.
2009: Red Carpet Glow
Monáe added pizzaz to her pompadoured look with a high-collared, ruffled blouse and her beaming white smile at the 51st Grammy Awards.
2010: High and Mighty
Monáe attended BET’s Rip The Runway fashion show in a sky-high, textured pompadour and perfectly contoured eyeshadow.
2010: Bundle of Joy
Monáe smoothed her hair into a neat bundle in this remixed version of her updo when she attended 2010 Women of the Year Gala.
2011: Photo Ready
Monáe posed in a photoshoot for ESSENCE wearing a modified version of her signature style along with deep, dark eyes and bright red lips.
2011: Sleek and Chic
Monáe flaunted a perfectly perched pompadour and bright matte red lips at a White House state dinner.
2011: Grammy Glam
Monáe rocked her pompadour on music’s biggest night at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
2012: Totally Bangin'
At the ESSENCE Beauty Awards, Monáe wore her trademark updo accented with a curly bang.
2012: Top of the Class
At the MTV Movie Awards, Monáe finished off her look with a chic topper with only a pinned bang exposed.
2012: Elegant Updo
Monáe looked elegant and glamourous at the Costume Institute Gala in flawless makeup, dangly earrings and her slicked-back updo.
2012: High and Mighty
Here, Monáe's signature style — the expertly sculpted pompadour — is on full display at the Black Girls Rock Awards. This 'do has become a favorite and quick protective style among natural girls.