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Friday Fame: Janelle Monáe

To call Janelle Monáe a rising star in the music industry would just be inappropriate; the singer/songwriter/dancer makes it clear that the only world she has to rise in is the one of her own creation.

And she has created her own world, too. It’s called Metropolis. It takes place nearly seven hundred years from now and in it resides an android named Cindi Mayweather, who happens to be Janelle’s muse and alter-ego. The fictitious Cindi and her story provide the foundation for Janelle’s music, which fuses just about every genre under the sun. It’s the perfect example of how invested she is in her own imagination and how she uses her creativity to mold her life into something as unique and original as she is.

You can read more about her music and the concept behind it on her Wikipedia page, but I’d like to take this Friday Fame to showcase her wonderful style and personality.

“I like being able to inspire as many people as I possibly can. I want to inspire them to figure out what their goals and aspirations are and be passionate about the right things and really follow your dreams. I think anything can happen, the impossible is possible.”

“That's what I've always been fighting for - making sure that people love themselves for who they are, and we don't pick on people because we're uncomfortable with ourselves, or who they are. That's been my message, from when I was young to now. There are lots of young girls out there who are struggling with their identities… afraid of being discriminated against or teased. I take risks and use my imagination so that other people will feel free and take risks. That's my hope.”

I love how she seems to have taken inspiration from Marlene Dietrich by putting a feminine spin on a tuxedo look. Combined with her iconic pompadour, it makes for a delightfully retro and whimsical fashion statement. Her personality is just as refreshing and classy. Aside from creating fun and unique music, Janelle is truly an inspiration on what it means to be yourself and follow your dreams.


Jen said...

I love the quotes you posted from her. They're wonderful.

I'm really not liking the hair at all. I don't think I really like her outfits either. The first one is "ok". I think if she had a different hairstyle I'd like it more because it'd balance everything out. I feel like the overall look is very masculine.

This post is great though! You know I like having a variation of posts. ;)

Emily said...

I don't know anything about this woman's music but I've been seeing her in magazines recently and her style is really great!

Casee Marie said...

I've been seeing her in Nylon and InStyle and a few other places. I think her style is definitely getting attention!

Jen, she said something in an interview about how she doesn't believe in dressing like a man or dressing like a woman, just kind of doing your own thing and dressing in a style that you like. I think most people couldn't pull of the look, but it's so perfect for her and for her personality. (: Glad you liked the quotes! She's such a creative and eloquent speaker.

mckenzietruman said...

I loved one of her first songs off her first cd, "Many Moons".

Sweet said...

though I am not familiar with her songs, but how she struts with her hair and style means something more...

and if I will start listening to her music, maybe there is more than to her style I would definitely fall in love with...

great post dear!

much love


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