Janelle Monáe credits 'Jamaican food' for stunning physique at Met Gala
Janelle Monáe at the 2023 Met Gala (Photo via Janelle Monáe IG)

Actress and singer Janelle Monáe stunned on the Met Gala red carpet Monday night as she ditched an oversized black and white tuxedo-inspired jacket for a wire frame with nothing but a black sequined bikini underneath.

But, as if her outfit didn't set off enough chatter, the Grammy-nominated entertainer used the opportunity to credit "Jamaican food and sex" for her well-toned body.

As the cameras flashed on the Met carpet, Monáe let loose the secret behind her figure for Essence Magazine. "Jamaican food and sex" she responded when a reporter questioned her about her figure.

Her response earned her loud cheers as she mounted the stairs in her risque outfit.

A video of her response was posted to Essence Magazine's official Instagram page. The snippet has since gained numerous comments, particularly from users testifying about the positive effects Jamaican food can have on the body.

"@janellemonae with the steam fish and okra bawdy," user thekaribbeankollective commented.

"That Jamaican food will do it," another commented under Essence's IG post.

Others used the opportunity to profess their love for various Jamaican dishes including jerk chicken, oxtail and beans, curry goat and the infamous beef patty.

Monáe is no stranger to professing her love for different aspects of Jamaican culture. In 2019 she told Rolling Stone Magazine that Bob Marley's Catch a Fire was one of her favourite albums and that she decided to cover one of the reggae legend's famous tracks after a visit to the island.

Monáe revealed that she was first introduced to Marley's music through her musical hero, Lauryn Hill.

“I was and I still am extremely obsessed with her,” she said at the time. After hearing Hill’s version of “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” Monae said she dug deeper into Marley's catalogue and fell in love with Catch a Fire.

“Catch a Fire is one of my favourite albums. I heard it for the first time when I was in Jamaica. I was in Montego Bay, and I heard it and I cried. I was so moved, I could not understand how he was able to capture exactly how I want someone to treat me, exactly how I want to treat somebody else.”

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