Recording artist Janelle Monáe arrived at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans this past weekend. The Kansas City beauty graced ESSENCE‘s center stage for an intimate interview with magazine editor, Vanessa Bush.
Adorned in her famous black ‘n’ white suit couture, the Kansas City-native sat before a crowd made up of mostly young girls and talked about breaking into the music industry as nonconformist, especially as a stylish taste-maker:
I think [my style] is about being in control. I like that if I want to wear black & white, Monday thru Sunday that’s just what it is. One of the things I will say is that I won’t be a slave to my music. Nor will I be a slave to the expectations that people may have for me…And I think that just helps you to be free…I just love people that don’t talk about fashion, they just are. They do it.
When asked about her fashion flair, Monáe also explained why she continues to don the contrasting wardrobe that she’s so well-known for.
When asked what inspires her look, she accredited her hard-working parents:
Every time I put on my [black & white] uniform, I’m working. It’s like my Mother her last occupation was a janitor. My father was a post office worker…So it keeps me very grounded. It makes me think about the hard work they’ve done. I have to continue the legacy and serve the community with my music.
Gotta love Janelle. Ms. Monáe will be hitting the Essence main stage on Sunday night! And of course, we’ll have a review of her performance. Keep it locked!