Megan Thee Stallion: ‘I don’t have to be in full glam every time you see me’

Queen Elizabeth II awards Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle

Megan Thee Stallion covers the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, in a photoshoot which Megan “reviewed” and helped edit, according to photographer Collier Schorr. People were mad about this editorial – they compared this shoot to Vogue’s Kamala Harris covers, in that both magazines took dynamic, interesting, cool Black women and made them look too undone, and not as badass as they actually are. For what it’s worth… I like how “real” Megan looks in the editorial. They didn’t Photoshop her legs and hips. She’s such a natural beauty and the lowkey styling highlighted that. I trust that Megan liked these photos and this is how she wanted to look. You can read Megan’s interview here. Some highlights:

Her impending graduation from Texas Southern: “I cannot wait. I’m going to have the biggest graduation party,” Megan says. She’s looking forward to wrapping up her final semester at Texas Southern, where she’s been working on a degree in health administration, taking online courses there since she transferred from Prairie View A&M when her career started taking off. “But when all of this happened, I’m like, ‘Wow, so nobody is going to see me walk across the stage?’…You fought through the procrastination. You fought through crazy professors. You made it home the next day from the party and still went to class. You know what I’m saying?”

Comfortable in her own skin: “I’m realizing that I don’t have to be in full glam every time you see me, because I’m just getting more comfortable with myself and more comfortable with my skin. I know that I’m a person that everybody looks to, and they’re like, ‘Oh, Megan, she’s a confident woman. She’s so strong.’ But you have to go through things to become that person.”

Pandemic life: “When everything first started… I was super nervous because I’m not an introvert. I’m a person that likes to be around people, interact.”

She worked on her album, Good News, during lockdown: “I feel like I was tested, and I’ve passed,” she says. Working in this pared-down format, she could keep improving the project at every stage in the process. It was a bespoke experience that she expects she’ll keep. “I’m not a perfectionist. But I like what I like how I like it.”

She’s getting her degree for her mom & great-grandma: “Before my mom passed, she really would be on my butt about getting my degree,” she says. Her great-grandmother was always asking, “You are going to get them papers?”

When she doesn’t react to things the way her fans want her to: “I feel like you cannot hold people to a God standard. You do not do that to human beings.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

There’s a section of the interview devoted to the Tory Lanez mess, the fact that he shot her last summer when they were coming back from a party. But Megan doesn’t say much, and that’s fine with me. We need to get out of this sensibility where we expect victims of crimes to endlessly relive or relitigate what happened to them. Megan has already spoken at length about it and if she wants to speak about it again, we’ll be here and we’ll listen. Until then, I’m happy to hear her talking about her excitement about graduating from college and what the pandemic taught her. She sounds like she’s in a good place and I’m sure her mama and great grandma would be so proud of her.

Queen Elizabeth II awards Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle

Covers and IG courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar.

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  1. Ann says:

    I really like that cover. Her skin looks gorgeous and the shadow play is interesting and flattering. I think her body is stunning. She puts those beautiful legs to work and they don’t need any photoshop. More Hott Girl covers, please. Meg slays!

  2. Zee says:

    Love her!…….That is all

  3. NJ says:

    I prefer the glam cover for Megan but at least these still look nice like Megan and the photographer put some creativity and effort into it. The Kamala photos were so bad it was offensive. Like I don’t understand how the photographer could go out of their way to make a naturally pretty woman look so bad.

  4. IMUCU says:

    She looks great and that’s amazing she was working on her degree with everything else she has going on! Very inspiring!

  5. Lemons says:

    This makes me want to watch the Grammy performance again. She is an all-around performer which is why she has staying power.

    I like this subdued look that highlights her natural beauty.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Glam???

    She looks stunning. Period.

    She was doing little videos with her natural hair and I could not get over just how beautiful she is.

  7. emu says:

    Honestly I LOVE that orange cover. She looks great and I love the outfit. The flipped hair one is ok – makes her look badass though. Love her message here that people shouldn’t expect people to be dolled up or performing at all times.

  8. Emma says:

    I am so not in Megan’s target demographic but I really love her and I love these photos. Here, she looks like a (beautiful) person rather than a persona and that’s interesting to me. It seems like she’s taking an opportunity to showcase a different side of who she is and I wish people would take a second and think about what she’s doing and why rather than rushing to judge the images– which I think are nice anyway!

  9. Jensies says:

    I find Megan really beautiful and like the cover, but find her energy in the other shots kind of…dozy? I think she has such a great snappy energy usually and she looks like she needs a nap.

  10. Kfg says:

    She’s just gorgeous and I love that she shows young women they don’t need a ton of makeup to look beautiful.