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Photography: Irving Penn

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Prairie Swallow, Signage (flight)

Photography: Alice Q. Hargrave

St. Beauty

Vintage Flare & 70s Vibes


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