Janelle Monáe Brings New Meaning to the Term 'Hairy Eyeball'

All eyes are on Janelle Monáe’s hair. Literally. The singer and Hidden Figures actress showed off her latest hair look on Instagram Tuesday afternoon. Her tresses were styled in two wavy buns and adorned with crafty googly eyes of various sizes all over. “EVEN WHEN I’M SLEEPING I KEEP 20 eyes open,” she captioned one of the images. Talk about giving the hairy eyeball!

The eye-catching (sorry, had to) look was created by Monáe’s hairstylist Nikki Nelms, who has been absolutely slaying the singer’s hairstyles as of late.

Monáe’s quirky taste and fearless, though still restrained, sense of style is part of what makes her aesthetic so great from head to toe. The singer usually steps out in shades of black and white, which she says is a nod to her family’s working-class roots. "I think it's either you decide you're going to embrace what makes you unique and what your purpose is, or not,” she told Yahoo Beauty. “I try to keep things in perspective. I come from a working-class family. My parents wore uniforms every day. My life is dedicated to being of service. A lot of it has to do with listening to those around me and allowing that to inspire me. And not doing things for selfish reasons.”

Monáe’s unique hair choices make her an even bigger force to be reckoned with in the beauty game. The singer is already an ambassador for CoverGirl and is very much enjoying representing the brand, especially now that it is moving in a direction that champions inclusivity. "I'm so thankful to still be a CoverGirl. They're embracing so many unique women, transgender, LGBTQ, Muslims. They are redefining beauty. We all are cover girls. Even men can be cover girls. It's a state of mind," Monáe said.

But though she has consistently been rolling out fierce looks and is someone who clearly enjoys experimenting with style, Monáe knows that true swag comes from within. "It's about being confident in who you are. When they saw that in me, I hope that the message was loud and clear. I didn't have to change who I was. I didn't have to strive for perfection. Perfection is often the enemy of greatness."

Click through above to see some of Monáe’s latest and greatest hairstyles.

With additional reporting by Donna Freydkin

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