Janelle Monae’s style inspired by ‘larger than life’ personalities

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s style is inspired by some of the music industry’s most distinctive names.

The actress/singer always pulls out all of the stops whenever she steps out onto the red carpet and is known for her chic suits and monochromatic ensembles.

Regarding her fashion aesthetic, Janelle touched upon some of her key influences during an interview for the September 2019 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

“I’ve always been in wonder about fashion,” she said. “I loved looking at larger than life personalities like Grace Jones, Prince, Madonna, David Bowie, and Janet Jackson. I said, ‘Whenever I become an entertainer, I want to make people feel like those artists made me feel.’ And I loved Greta Garbo too. I remember watching old movies with my grandmother and seeing her sense of style and her androgyny.” Janelle went on to recall how she used to put together her own outfits for red carpet events and had to improvise with the pieces available to her. But not everyone was instantly won over by her penchant for tuxedos.

“I’ve always leaned into what makes me unique. Sometimes I got bullied for it. I look back to when I was wearing black and white tuxedos every day and people were saying that I dressed like a man and that I should look more feminine if I want to get ahead. But ultimately, I chose to express myself in what made me most comfortable,” the 33-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Janelle spoke about the outfit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala, with the head-turning look resembling a deconstructed face. Christian Siriano made the creation, and the star had nothing but praise for the designer.

“He’s so kind. I have met designers who have amazing clothing, but the people behind the brand are homophobic, racist, or not so nice. With Christian, it’s great knowing that you’re wearing work that supports unity and inclusion,” she added.

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