Chloe x Halle are doing it. The sister singers/baddies of Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment are Teen Vogue’s June cover stars. The duo posed for pics shot by a drone, marking the first time a drone shoot has been used for the mag’s cover story. The Ungodly Hour hotties also chatted with TV about being proud of their blackness, revealing more of their personalities in the emotionally complex tracks on Ungodly Hour, getting back to their roots, and exploring what it means to be grown women.
Halle on their new album, Ungodly Hour that dropped today:
“For Ungodly Hour we were so excited to just flip the narrative of being the perfect angel and show the other side[s] of us…. The dark side, the naughty side, the things that happen that you don’t see behind the scenes.
Chloe on how ’90s music and early 2000s production inspired this album:
“We wanted to show our sensual side because we are growing as young women, but we still kept it classy and cute. It was just really fun for us to do that. We also wanted to start dancing this era, and just something really simple. And it makes us so happy to see everyone doing that dance on TikTok.”
Chloe on how the name of the album and title track came about after working with the U.K. duo Disclosure:
“We wrote this song [the title track “Ungodly Hour”] with Disclosure, and we had the best time. I forgot what I was watching, but I heard the phrase ‘ungodly hour’ and wrote it in my notes. [It] kind of stuck out to all of us, and we were like, ‘What can you say with this?’ We all came up with this sentence: ‘Love me at the ungodly hour,’ which means love me when I’m at my worst; love me when I’m not all dolled up and made up. Love me when all my insecurities are out on the table.”
Chloe on making music that grows with them:
“The way our music has evolved is exactly how we’re evolving as young women. The chromelike wings they turn around and show on their album cover, worn with black, latex dresses, are symbolic of their strength and power.”
More on the flip.
In Chloe x Halle’s Teen Vogue cover video, Chloe, 21, and Halle, 20, answer five questions from the set of their socially-distanced at-home cover shoot, sharing how they came up with the concept for “Do It,” who they go to for advice when making music, and more.
Chloe on her hopes for the future:
“Awards would be nice. Being at the top of these Hot 100 lists would be beautiful and amazing, but as long as I’m growing and I’m a better version of myself tomorrow than I was today, I am content.”
Halle on promoting an album from their home stay-at-home orders:
“We’ve kind of gotten back to our roots and started doing what originally got us started, which is doing YouTube covers, interacting on social media, and connecting with our beautiful fans through there.”
Halle on dealing with negative criticism:
“We’ve always learned to just keep our heads up no matter the situation. No matter what anybody has to say about you…just keep pushing.”
Chloe their music evolution:
“We are learning to embrace who we truly are. Our insecurities, our sexuality, owning our power. I’m grateful that we are given a space where we can do that comfortably. And I’m grateful for our parents, because they instilled in us that we need to be strong and independent young women.”
Photographer: Elizabeth Weinberg
Stylist: Zerina Akers
Story by: Darian Symoné Harvin
Chloe x Halle also dropped a video for their track “Forgive Me”, watch it below.