…Because, seriously, why does it feel like no one is talking about this woman? She’s incredible. Sometimes I think I like her more than Beyoncé—there, I said it.
My obsession over her was reignited after watching her incredible halftime performance at this weekend’s NBA All-Star game. (I would post the video here but sadly it seems to have been taken down. My condolences to all who didn’t get to see it.) Janelle Monáe is such a thoughtful, calculating artist who is exactly the kind of feminist the music industry needs.
It is clear to those who follow Monáe’s career that every move she makes is in order to send a precise message to her fans. In a society that often degrades women and the LGBT community, Monáe feels a personal responsibility to make them feel as if they have a place through her lyrics. (Bonus: Check out the songs “Q.U.E.E.N.” and “Sally Ride” from her latest album. Pure empowerment.)
Monáe is a particular inspiration to me because of her androgynous style and ambiguous sexuality. In fact, when asked who she likes to date she often responds with “androids,” and she can almost always be found wearing an awesomely tailored tuxedo or pantsuit. She is purposely trying to take the focus away from her personal life and instead turning the attention towards her art. Who would’ve thought?!
Oh and did I mention that this brilliant star hails from Kansas, one of our nation’s most conservative states? If only we had more mainstream pop stars like her.
I encourage everyone to check out Janelle Monáe’s music and support her career!