A Cover Girl model since 2012, Monae’s ads for the company always spotlight female independence (in 2014, she was part of the “Girls Can” campaign and last month’s spots highlighted the “Queen” collection).
Her political activism is also well-documented. During a 2015 performance on NBC’s “Today” show to promote her recently established Wondaland record label and stable of artists, Monae performed the protest song “Hell You Talmbout” and was cut off when she began to talk to the crowd about police brutality.
In February, Monae performed at a concert in Flint, Mich., with artists including Stevie Wonder and Andra Day to express solidarity and raise money for the city’s recent water crisis.
Monae hasn't released an album since 2013's "The Electric Lady," but has stayed busy running her Wondaland label, which includes artists such as the Grammy-nominated Jidenna and Roman GianArthur, and appearing on the new Duran Duran album, "Paper Gods."
The multi-hyphenate is slated to make her film debut this fall in the drama “Moonlight” with Naomie Harris and Andre Holland.