St. Beauty is Alex Belle on lead vocals and Isis on guitar and bass. The Atlanta duo — part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland label — mixes folk, soul, and hip-hop in creating a sound as eclectic as it is infectious. Whether they’re playing a slow burning melody or something more upbeat, their music gets under your skin — “Funk rules the spirit.” We recently caught up with the ladies behind St. Beauty, getting their take on everything from time travel to style.
NeueJournal: If you had a time machine, what decade would you live in?
St. Beauty: The decade would be 50,000 years from now…
NJ: How would you define your style?
SB: Our style is defined by our mood that day, but with undertones of a vintage flare, 70s more specifically.
NJ: What song best describes your work ethic?
SB: Bone Thugs & Harmony, first of the month.
NJ: If you could get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?
SB: All of the state with North/South/East/West in the name, they should just be merged into one state, its a waste of paper and ink.
NJ: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
SB: Concepts for songs, the future.
NJ: What’s your favorite Disney princess?
SB: Princess Jasmine, she was trill… & Mulan, cause she was fearless!
NJ: Who was your favorite spice girl?
SB: They all were pretty dope. Related to them all.
NJ: What did you care most about when you were 10 years old?
SB: Making it home after school to watch Barney or Arthur & cute boys & sleep overs!
NJ: How does the internet work?
SB: The internet is good & evil all in one.
Photography: Joshua Woods for NeueJournal