I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them.— Janelle Monae
The most unforgettable Janelle Monae quotes you will be delighted to read
Don’t get high off praises, and don’t get too low on critiques.
I speak about androids because I think the android represents the new 'other.
' You can compare it to being a lesbian or being a gay man or being a black woman ... What I want is for people who feel oppressed or feel like the 'other' to connect with the music and to feel like, 'She represents who I am.'
You are only as beautiful as the many beautiful things you do for others without expectation.
I always think about the next generation and creating a different blueprint for them. That's my goal: to let them know there's another way.
No matter if you wear a small amount of makeup, no makeup, or heavy makeup, as long as you feel beautiful internally and you're doing beautiful things for other people, and not just focusing on the exterior to make yourself happy, I think you should do what works for you. You should rock on.
One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique.
I will not be a slave to my image, nor will I be a slave to anyone else's interpretations of me.
I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them. Becoming a CoverGirl is truly and honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.
I have not lost any of my crazy, fearless, raw, soulful, eclectic side and I plan on continuing to tell universal stories in an unforgettable way.
Some songs you get. Some songs you may not. And I think that's the beauty of art: to question and to ask, to understand the deeper meaning after two or three or four listenings.
Android is a new form of the other, but you can parallel the other to so many different types of people. Even if you don't consider yourself to be the other, at one point in time I'm sure you felt like that.
People don't ask Jay-Z to take his shirt off when he rhymes.
I'm a believer that the more I'm giving, the happier I am, and the more beautiful my exterior will be.
When you realize it's your responsibility to be a leader and create the world that you want to see, you have to do it.
I'm always thinking about that young girl or young boy who doesn't quite know if their music, their messaging, their imaging, their voice is going to pop, if people are going to understand them. So I represent the other and those who feel like they don't even want to be normal. They embrace the things that make them unique.
Children go with whatever makes them feel good - like if that's the color green or orange, they do that with their clothes. As I've grown older, everything reversed. My music, my personality - onstage those things became my colors.
It's a big universe. To stay in one tiny place is doing a disservice to yourself.
When I got into the music industry, I wasn't focused on being the most famous artist or even getting a major record deal. It was just to make music on my own terms or create my own image, do my own hair, do my own makeup.
You cannot police me, so get off my areola
I'm always thinking about young people first when I'm writing music.
Whenever I can reach that young person and inspire them to go after their own dreams, start their own movement just like I did with Wondaland. Starting their own tribe and showing people that we are not all the same, we're not all monolithic. I think that's what it's all about for me.
I love the mystery behind things.
I always feel the need to give the unfiltered truth, (or) what I think is the truth, at least.
I really just want to encourage and inspire people to use their freedom in a positive way and in a way that is inspiring to other people. I want to continue to pass down the seeds of change within the world. I think that it can start with just one person. Just like a rumor can get carried on, so can inspiration.
Part of what my music represents is to stand up and be the voice of those who feel like they are not heard and want to be treated with respect regardless of race, color, orientation - android, cyborg, whatever.
I want people to know about these visionary artists.
I want people to know what they stand for and (that) they are representing something unique, something fresh. I am just so excited about their careers.
Everything is about balance. You can't work, work, work, work without any play.
I enjoy how women dressed in the 1920s with the shimmering jewels and rich feathers.
Perfection is the often the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
i didn't have to become perfect because I've learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
It's hard for me to be serious. I can't really rub oil on me and go all the way with it [laughs]. I hear some screams and I laugh to myself. I always get a kick out of it. I'm three feet tall, basically.
The colors black and white are my uniform, to honor the working class.
People like my parents, who were janitors and had to wear a uniform every day. It keeps me grounded.
I believe that imagination inspires nations. It's something that I live by.
You had to change who you were to become famous.
I thought that for a very long time. Even after signing a record deal, and then eventually getting my own recording company, Wonderland Records, I had to say no to a lot of opportunities to become well known. If it didn't align with my values and if it didn't support the image I had created for myself, I'd pass.
I'm really thankful to have my own record label.
I've always looked up to people like Madonna when she launched Maverick Records. Even Jay Z and Sean "Puffy" Combs, who's a mentor and also gave me a shot when I was an independent artist in Atlanta. He came to my show, and he said, "I just want people to know about you."
Things might not go as planned, but at the end of the day it’s up to me to take those risks and do what I love most. And I don’t owe anybody an explanation. My journey is my journey.
First, before I'm an artist, before I'm a celebrity, I'm a human being.
I'm not focused on being perfect. I like trial and error. You learn through uncomfortable experiences. And now I know what doesn't work for me, and I know what does.
I think if people genuinely want to help .
.. that'll shine through, no matter what color or what race. We cannot see race before compassion.
I don’t even know at what age I started, because it’s always been there.
Performing … creating … it’s in my DNA.
I know what I like; if you go to my closet, I have at least four of everything.
I love great music and if it doesn't move me I don't listen to it.
Even if it makes others comfortable, I will LOVE who I am
People in my family and camp who grew up listening to rap music love 'We Are Young.' I've heard it play at weddings. I've heard it in graduation parties. It's a big idea and big song.
I wanna scream and dream and throw a love parade / Is that okay?
As a businesswoman you have to be open.
I'm always open to listening and learning and considering. However, I don't look at business as anything other than a partnership. And in any partnership both parties need to leave the table happy.
Redefine what it means to be sexy and what it means to be a woman.
Showing my skin is not what makes me sexy. 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.
Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.
I'm inspired by the words: 'electrifying', 'epic', 'minimalistic', 'transcendent', 'timeless' and 'rock n' roll.'
I hope women feel confident with themselves and realize that we don't all have to look alike or be the same size to be beautiful. I hope they feel like representing what it means to be an individual and to remain comfortable in your own skin.