Janelle Monáe Chats About Her Style and Being a "Ghetto Black Girl Underneath"

The singer says she's tired of being asked to explain her signature tuxedo look.

Posted: 10/25/2013 12:10 PM EDT
Janelle Monae, Uptown magazine cover

(Photo: Uptown Magazine, November 2013)

Janelle Monáe might be a sophisticated darling in the music world, but the singer says her tuxedo style is all just a ruse to appear classier than she is. As Uptown magazine's October/November cover girl, Monáe opened up about her style and why she's tired of constantly being asked about her ambiguous look.

"Honestly, I am just a ghetto Black girl underneath it all. My tuxedo is supposed to make me look refined," she said about how she perceives herself. And don't think she's the least bit apologetic about it.

"I will never ever suppress who I am for anyone. Karl Lagerfeld would not change his ponytail or his black and white wardrobe for anyone. But the next person that asks me about wearing a tuxedo, I will give them a hug and then a slap," she added.

The Kansas-born beauty also said she's over being asked to explain her style and would love it if people would mix it up with the interview questions.

"Interviews are like marriages sometimes, and things become old. It's time to spruce up this sex life! We need to try some new things," Monáe said. "I am always asked, 'Why do you wear that tuxedo?' Or, 'We know that your parents wore uniforms, is that why you wear a uniform?' [Her mother worked as a janitor and her father a garbage truck driver.] I want to tell them, 'You know good and darn well [a scant southern accent emerges] that you read that somewhere! I am wondering 'Why are you asking me the same question?' Let's talk about the music, the message and why my eyelashes are long!"


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