Janet Jackson is back in full effect. After taking a bit of time to mourn the death of her brother, Michael, she’s preparing to regain her throne as the princess of pop… (or is it queen)? Whatever the case, Janet’s knockin off these wannabes one by one. In a recent interview and photospread with Wonderland Magazine, Janet dishes dirt on everyone from Lady Gaga to Rihanna.
Do you feel that with Lady gaga being so popular that your fashion now has to shock people?
I think a lot of [what Lady Gaga wears] is really cool. I’m not knocking Gaga in any way, because I’m actually a fan of hers. I don’t know because we’ve never spoken, but when I look at her, I get the vision of Leigh Bowery. I mean, everybody’s inspired by something. Do I think it’s over the top at all? I enjoy it because it’s something kind of different. It’s something new to look at. It’s going to be hard [for her] to keep up with that, but who knows?
How about Rihanna? does what she’s doing with bandages remind you of any of your previous incarnations?
Have I done that before? Yes. I’m not saying she’s copying me. Everything is cyclical. They come back around at some point.
Yup…she went there! Janet says she is the O.G….Numero Uno…and it’s time for the youngsters to take a step back!
More photos + behind the scenes video from the shoot below:
Do you have any anxieties about keeping up with Rihanna and Lady gaga?
To me, it’s just a matter of being you. And like I said, I don’t know what direction it’ll be, but I can tell there’s a change going on in me. Some•thing good. A lot has happened in my life this year, a lot of changes; I think I’m kind of headed in a different direction for sure, and it’ll show itself to me. As far as keeping up, I don’t look at it like that. It’s really about being who you are and doing what you want to do. I think when you try to keep up with something, it’s not a good thing. You have to express yourself and be the true you.
Who do you want to work with these days?
I adore Alicia Keys. She’s one person I met from the very beginning and she hasn’t changed, and you don’t find that. She’s incredibly talented but her soul is such an amazing soul, such an amazing spirit, and you feel that immediately when you’re with her, and she hasn’t changed a bit and that’s what I love about her. I enjoy her.
Are there other people you’re liking?
I like Taylor Swift. I’m not sure why.