JANELLE MONAE` "THE OUTSIDER WHO BECAME A VISIONARY" REFINERY29.COM
Photographed by Shaniqwa Jarvis.
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.”
Dolce & Gabbana full suit; Christian Dior hat; Christian Dior boots; Bulgari earring.