Janelle Monae Graces The 2013 May Issue Of 'Essence Magazine' [PHOTO]

Janelle Monae covers the 2013 May issue of ESSENCE Magazine. In the magazine she opens up about her unique style, standards of beauty, sex appeal and body image. Rocking white Yves Saint Laurent blouse, Chanel earrings and perfect pompadour.

The Grammy winner explains to ESSENCE her bold decision to remain covered up was to "redefine what it means to be sexy and what it means to be a woman. Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy. I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way."

Janelle's new album Electric Lady is set to debut this summer, around the same time she hits the stage for this year's ESSENCE Festival.In the meantime the magazine hits newsstands on April 5.