For those of you who criticize Janelle’s signature monochromatic look.
From her speech on “Black Girls Rock”:
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. 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.” - Janelle Monáe
I love her so much.
c.1770.Portrait of an archduchess, presumably Archduchess Marie Christine (1742–1798) detail.
1950s Prom and Party dresses- Pink theme
Paul Antoine de la Boulaye, “Salomé”.
People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this tuxedo. I like to have fun.[…] But the next person that asks me about wearing a tuxedo, I will give them a hug and then a slap. - Janelle Monae
Fuck people who give her shit for wearing a tux as her standard uniform. Men wear the same crap all the time and no one even bats an eye. Also people that say that she should straighten/grow out her hair to “look more feminine”.
Fuck the misogynist line of thinking that ~if women are going to be assertive/badass/powerful, well then they have to “look like women” (meaning: present themselves in hyper-versions of what is considered “feminine”. Ex: dresses, pink, makeup, etc and/or be sexualized for the male gaze) or else they come off too man-ish~. Women should be able to wear whatever the fuck they want without having their womanhood questioned.
And Janelle Monae’s tuxedos are feminine as hell. Just look at her. She fucking owns her own femininity and that includes her own personalized sense of fashion.
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