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Janelle Monae: Desperate or Unique?

Janelle Monae talks about being unique in the May issue of Essence. “I made a decision to be unique”. She tells Essence, “People don’t ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes.”

Ok, first of all why would you compare yourself to Jay-Z? That’s not even relevant. You’re a woman. A beautiful woman with an awesome figure that should be celebrated. Are that many people asking her to take her clothes off? What is she really trying to say? I’m confused.

I’m not sure how long this will last for her. This whole, “look at me I’m completely covered up at all times” obsession she seems to have is so tired. Monae is so desperate to be different she’s become predictable.

The same black and white look, the same hair style, the same lipstick, and probably the same shoes. And talking about the same thing in interviews. In order for her to continue to be relevant and unique she will need a major hit. Something that will stay on someone’s mind.

It was apparent at this year’s Grammy Awards that she was easily forgotten by the band Fun during their acceptance speech for their song “We Are Young” featuring the singer. It was sad to see her not being recognized. She’s the one with the voice. She was the one who broke the mold for them to win yet the group didn’t thank her for being on the track. Wasn’t she sitting right behind them?

Janelle also explains to Essence . “…redefine what it means to be sexy and what it means to be a woman. Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy.” She also adds “I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.” Her look is getting redundant and old. But for her to stay in the game I feel she needs to switch it up. It would be nice to see her really be unique by letting women know you still can show a little skin while being classy and sexy and still get respect.


One thought on “Janelle Monae: Desperate or Unique?

  1. My dear, please please do a bit more research on Janelle Monae before posting this. Her body can be celebrated in both the tuxedo and a skirt, that is if she wished to do so. First of all, her music is her weapon as she often said, in which she included saying that nothing, including the forms and shape of her body(exposed or not) shall distract people from listening to her music because her music is indeed something unique and refreshing in the current music industry. Her lyrics are about empowerment, unity and bringing people together (take a listen to the archandroid and metropolis the chase suite if you havent!) and again, the music stays the most relevant thing here! She already is switching up her look a bit but stays true to her own idea of wearing black and white most of the time, covering it more up and keeps on making her family proud with the black and white, since her working class family used to work in black and white as well. You have to get the “please switch it up” and “she needs a big hit” out of your system if you don’t want to have another artist spoiled and tainted by the overall music industry and the trends most people want to cling to. She’s for real! Not for nothing did the archandroid got so much critical acclaim as one of the best albums in the last year and I since shes staying true to her own style and message she wants to get out there, I think the electric lady, her next album, is really something to look forward to because it will change lives, just as good music always has the capability to do =).

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