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Janelle Monae Explains Her Tuxedo Look in ‘Glamour’

Janelle Monae is rocking her signature tuxedo in Glamour Magazine’s August issue.  In her sit down with the magazine, she explains the tuxedos as well as what she wants her music to be. 

Interview Highlights:

What made you start wearing tuxedos?

I’m just really attracted to a very tailored, classic look that commands attention. The tuxedo, especially on women, does that, I think, because of the stark black and white. It’s not a trendy thing. It’s timeless. It’s transcendent. The kind of thing you can give to your grandchildren.

Did you have a uniform when you were a kid?

When I was a kid, I think I was more fearless. Children go with whatever makes them feel good–like if that’s the color green or orange, they do that with their clothes. As I’ve grown older, everything reversed. My music, my personality–onstage those things became my colors.  

We never see you photographed at the grocery store.  Do you ever just wear sweats?

Of course, yes. But they’re still black and white!  

When did you discover your voice?

When I was growing up, both my grandmothers would play the organ, and we would all sing. It’s just kinda in my DNA. There’s no time that I don’t sing. I believe in that saying that you’re nothing without song.

 Have you seen all the people doing their own versions of “Tightrope” YouTube?

It makes me so proud that I have created something that somebody can wear in their own heart. That’s what creating music is like for me. I want it to be part of your daily regimen. I want this song to be your drug.

You posted on Twitter about seeing a schoolroom of kids singing one of your songs.

I always think about the next generation and creating a different blueprint for them. That’s my goal: to let them know there’s another way. We don’t all have to take the same coordinates to get to the same destination. Being a young African American female artist, I want to open doors for young black girls. I want more artists to be thinking about the next generation in a positive way.

Janelle is definitely one of my favorite artists out at the moment. This year, she toured as Katy Perry’s opening act and co-headlined a tour with Bruno Mars.  Diddy once called her one of the most important signings of his career.  She creates unique music and marches to the beat of her own drum.  Plus, the girl can perform!  If you missed her performance of “Cold War” at this year’s Grammy’s, check it out below:



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