The Inspiring Reason Janelle Monae Wears Suits All The Time

Janelle Monae

So Janelle Monae is a gorgeous, successful artist who is definitely one our fave role models. She is an individual, and doesn’t try to copy anyone else.

The spoke to Marie Claire Magazine about her new album The Electric Lady and also gave them a bit of insight into the women behind the sharp tuxedos.

She said growing up in a working class family from Kansas influenced her in a huge way, including her image today. It’s easy to see where her hard-working spirit comes from.

“My mom and dad wore uniforms, whether they were janitors or post-office employees. They worked hard to make sure we had clothes on our backs and food in our mouths. I never, ever want to forget them, so I always wear my uniform—a jacket and pants in black-and-white—to pay homage to them and to remind myself I have work to do.”

Janelle became a Covergirl in 2012 and used that opportunity to inspire her young fans to stay true to themselves.

“I wear my uniform proudly as a Covergirl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

It’s so rad to see a talented girl like Monae honoring her parents while maintaining her unique persona in the entertainment industry. Who says following a trend is the only way to go? And who says wearing as little amount of clothes as possible is the only way for a woman to be successful in music? As for her music, she writes to inspire her fans and teach them to be the best authentic, beautiful versions of themselves.What? A musician who has a selfless agenda? Say it isn’t so!

“I want people to aspire to be electric ladies. I want to continue to tell universal stories in unforgettable ways—stories that can enrich our lives and lift us when we’re down and bring us wings when we’re weak. I’m inspired to write music for those who need it most—the oppressed who feel like they’re living check to check and will never get out of the system. I write to uplift the underdogs.”

The album, which debuted at no.5 on the Billboard 200 charts last week (not to shabby) features a collaboration with Erykah Badu called ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ which she says is a song for all the people in the world who feel marginalized and ostracized.The “Q” represents the queer community, the “U” for the untouchables, the “E” for emigrants, the second “E” for the excommunicated and the “N” for those labeled as negroid.

“I wanted to create something for people who feel like they want to give up because they’re not accepted by society,” she told Fuse TV.

Watch the video below, which shows that her music is about more than just being a powerful female. It’s about empowering others.


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