To Janelle Mon­ae, the secret to flaw­less style is sim­ple… stop dress­ing for boys.


Mon­ae famous­ly stuck to tuxe­dos in the ear­ly years of her career as an homage to her par­ents, who worked in the ser­vice indus­try and wore uni­forms.

“When I start­ed my musi­cal career I was a maid, I used to clean hous­es. My parents–my moth­er was a proud jan­i­tor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. 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…” 

In recent years, Mon­ae has branched out from her trade­mark tux­es (although she sticks to a black, white and red motif) and become one of the most cre­ative­ly styl­ish women in enter­tain­ment. This is just a sam­pling of the slayage she has deliv­ered while on the press tour for Moon­light and Hid­den Fig­ures.

Rock on Janelle!

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3 Comments on "[Pics] Janelle Monae Says the Secret to Her Incredible Style Is that She Doesn’t Dress for Boys"

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Susie Dean

Often dupli­cat­ed, imi­tat­ed! The orig­i­nal Janelle( my daugh­ters mid­dle name) M.


So styl­ish!