Janelle Monae is one of those talents that you just get or you are left befuddled. She's an artist first and foremost and she record for individuals, not the masses. This separates her from being just an entertainer. One listen to her music and you can just tell this girl wants to paint a mental masterpiece with her music. In doing so, she stays in uniform when it comes to her looks.
After Monae came to the scene (signing with BAD BOY, yes BAD BOY, yes she's still on the Bad Boy label) people automatically noticed her undeniable beauty. Her looks remind me of a porcelain doll. It's in our nature to want to parade this type of beauty around. More make-up, more hair, more nudity, and more risque photo shoots.
But Monae, a consumate grown-up readily involved in her own artistic development stood her ground. From that point, around 2006, Monae was rarely seen without her uniform - some variation of a tuxedo, black & white saddle shoes, and her natural curls assembled in a pompadour. Of her tuxedo-ed look she states: "I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it’s so classy and it’s a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don’t want to cloud myself with too many colors or I’ll go crazy. . . . (source)"
As a stylist, I adore a person who is absolute in their clothing preference, adding minor variations of trends (here and there), but never deviating from the the blueprint. As a natural hair maven, I love this thought in hair care. When going natural, many pull away from finding their staple look, touting they don't want to get BORED with their hair or else, "I'll go back to my perm." Someone like Janelle, shows me that you can keep up with the trend while not even being on trend. Oh yeah, her low manipulation hair-do lends to longer strands and healthier coils.
And for those who think, Ms. Monae never takes her hair down, she recently tweeted a picture of herself preparing for bedtime. Yup, that's a lot of hair on her head. She's still too pretty for words, and too creative for the common ear. Take some tips from her professional life and add them to your hair/life routine. Sometimes being routine, may be the best for your growth,