Soulful R&B singer Janelle Monáe is known for her quirky yet self-empowering music and punchy lyrics. Her extraordinary creativity also carries over into her one-of-a-kind fashion sense. The singer’s catchy style consists mainly of tuxedos and other predominantly black and white garments. Noting Grace Jones and Josephine Baker as her style inspirations, Monáe’s unique flair even landed her in InStyle Magazine’s Style 100. Her look is timeless but most importantly crisp and meticulously put together. Monáe explained that she wears tuxedos to pay homage to the uniforms worn by her working-class parents and also to “help redefine what it looks like to be a woman”. When asked about her signature tuxedo wardrobe Janelle said, “I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it’s so classy and it’s a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don’t want to cloud myself with too many colors or I’ll go crazy. It’s an experiment I’m doing. I think I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records”.
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