Janelle Monae Covers ELLE Canada, Explains Why She Stays In Her Signature Black And White Ensembles

January 10, 2013  |  

The very lovable and uber-talented Janelle Monáe is covering the February issue of ELLE Canada, and in the issue, she’s talking her music, her style, and how she made it from Kansas City sista working as a maid to CoverGirl and music impresario.

Coming from humble beginnings, in the interview, Monáe spoke on the importance of keeping yourself humble and setting a good example. She made it clear that she’s not trying to “pour it up, pour it up” in the club or engage in the activities that most pop stars get caught up in. Homegirl’s trying to be a responsible role model:

“You have to protect your heart and your spirit so you’re not tainted by money, greed, power, arrogance…. I don’t get off on those things…I have responsibilities to make sure I’m setting an example. I have a responsibility to my community. I have a responsibility to tell the universe a story in an unforgettable way.”

Going further into her thoughts about being an example, Monáe spoke about the people she’s hoping to reach with her music and her story:

“I really want to open doors for all those starting to have their voice…. I want to speak to my cousins who are still in Kansas and feel like they don’t have anyone; I want to speak to the young lady who is trying to understand who she is and how she’s going to follow her dreams living in a disadvantaged environment.”

The most interesting part of her interview though, came when Monáe discussed why she stays decked out in her black and white ensembles, and how she can do so without losing her ever-loving mind (since variety is the spice of life). She finally shows a bit of cockiness while explaining why her look will never get old:

“The colours come out in your music, the colours come out in your personality, the colours come out in performance. I started wearing this uniform, to be perfectly honest, because I have an amazing body. I’m serious – I’m not playing. When I look at myself in the mirror, I’m attractive. I really have a nice body. And I had to pick: Do I want them to focus on my body? Do I want them to focus on how curvy and really, really gorgeous my figure is? Or do I want them to look at my music? What has more value? And I made that decision. I want them to focus on the message and the music because I feel like I have a higher calling.”

Never looked at it like that, but it makes sense. Yet at the same time, I hope the clothes and hair that she DOES wear, consistently, don’t overshadow her music as well. Because I love some Janelle Monáe, and The ArchAndroid was my joint in 2010. You can check out the rest of her interview on Elle Canada’s website, including her thoughts on being a CoverGirl, probably the most fab CoverGirl of them all…Well, next to Queen La of course *smiles*

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  • scandalous7

    This is what Im talking about, Janelle is a black women breaking boundaries with her uniqueness and she is actually getting mainstream attention. I love it !

  • ai

    I’m tired of that hairstyle and boy clothes after 5 years. Her music it’s good, but her image is tired.

  • her music is nice..the hair..fab..the tux n all dont really like the style

  • Rana

    Janelle’s look would overshadow her style if we let it. It’s about the art, not the clothes- and that goes for anyone, celebrity or not. Also, she’s mentioned before that her look is her “uniform”, an homage to the working man. In that case, there should be no reason to get caught up in what she wears given many of us have worn a uniform at some point in our lives. Hopefully, though, she might surprise us with something just a little different in the future-nothing too drastic, though

  • IllyPhilly

    I love her style as is.

  • Guest360

    Eventually I’m sure she’ll switch it up with her style but she’s perfect as she is now and I can’t be mad at her. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. She focuses on her music and presenting that to the world. Not her body and I appreciate that. I wish we had more artists along the likes of Adele and Janelle who don’t care to be provocative or fashion forward. Keep doing your thing Janelle!!! 🙂

  • jjac401

    I love her unique style. It makes her stand out. I am sure that over time she will re-invent her look and bring in color.

  • Kells

    Such a pretty girl but her style makes her seem so boring..

    • OSHH

      No matter what she has on, her art = music, colours, could never be boring thus she is not boring but quite interesting and a breath of fresh air. Listen to the Metropolis EP and ArchAndriod then tell me how boring she is.

      • GalaxyEmpress

        True! Janelle Monae is so darling, love her…..

      • scandalous7

        THANK YOU!

    • scandalous7

      your so superficial , have you even listened to her music. She is anything but boring. She is brilliant.