Janelle Monáe Finally Gets the Interstellar Portraits She Deserves

We didn’t think there was a way to make the women of Hidden Figures even more radiant, but artist Stella Blu has the answer: She painted these stunning watercolor portraits of Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer in-character as the black female mathematicians who got John Glenn into orbit.

Each portrait incorporates part of the story, from Mary Jackson’s (Monáe) desire to be an engineer to Katherine Johnson’s (Henson) affinity for numbers to Dorothy Vaughn’s (Spencer) strength rallying the women in the face of prejudice. We’re big fans of the out-of-this-world interpretation of Monáe, but the others are just as lovely—you can check out all of them at Blu’s Twitter.

Blu is one of six “Hidden Artists” commissioned by 20th Century Fox to create artwork inspired by the film; here’s another interpretation of Vaughn, from artist Jeff Manning:

Janelle Monae Hidden Figures

Image: Jeff Manning

More of the Hidden Artists’ work on Mashable.


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