JANELLE MONAE` "THE OUTSIDER WHO BECAME A VISIONARY" REFINERY29.COM

Photographed by Shaniqwa Jarvis.

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JANELLE MONAE

Marc Jacobs blazer, top, trousers, belt, and turban; Liudmila Footwear Drury Lane 100 Boots, €950, available at Liudmila Footwear; 3.1 Phillip Lim earring.

Brief excerpt from feature: 

"In June, Monáe will embark on the nationwide Dirty Computer tour. If you’ve ever seen her perform live, then you know that her calm demeanor is replaced with a fiery display of raw talent when she hits the stage. She sings and dances with her whole body, moving around the stage to the beat of a live band. I want to know how she does it, and I ask her if she has a pre-tour ritual. But I hit a wall. “I do. But I prefer not to give it away,” is all she offers.

Instead she paints a wonderful picture of the experience she hopes to have with fans. “When I would watch people like Michael Jackson or Prince or Lauryn Hill, they made me feel like I was being transported to another place. It was something special and it made me want to give that experience to anybody who comes to the show. So that's what I aim to do, and I aim to do it like it's my last time.”

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JANELLE'S WEARING

Dolce & Gabbana full suit; Christian Dior hat; Christian Dior boots; Bulgari earring.

As someone who was new to the “Natural Hair” community, Blogger/Creator Demetria J. wanted to give birth to a platform that would display all the various ways natural hair and fashion can be just as fashionable as non-natural conformists. As a result, Rockstarr Naturally was created to be known as the new information highway for all upcoming brands related to fashion, hair care & skincare products for natural women. Demetria J. writes and produces weekly content catered to show strength, beauty, and encouragement for all the Melanin-ated beauties of the world. Just to name a few related popular content topics: Melanin Crush Monday, Textured Tuesdays, Wrap It Wednesday, Fashion Fridays along with Slay Saturdays.

 

She credits her inspiration and creativity to her mother who was her original muse and who helped her to develop her own “authentic” fashion style. As a little girl, Demetria J. always wanted to wear high heels, carry handbags, and polish her nails just like her mother. As she grew up she idolized her mother and would study how her mother would accessorize and dress in her own authentic way. Therefore, Demetria J.’s unique eye for fashion developed and became evident. Join RockstarrNaturally as Demetria J. highlights celebrities and emerging brands on this popular growing platform.