She looks best in a tux.

The first time I heard the soulful voice of Janelle Monáe was on her ep Sincerely, Jane. My brother, as per usual, had a host of songs for me to listen to and my first impression on hearing the intro beats was the likeness to Amy Winehouse’s Tears Dry On Their Own. Well, maybe that’s just me. The lyrics and style of the song motivated me to listen to her first album “Metropolis: The Chaise Suite”.  This, her first album, is a chronological tale of the life Monáe’s alter-ego Cindi Mayweather, who is mass-produced as an android in the year 2719 into a world with a strict social structure. With a voice like Monáe’s you could easily sing any manner of genres, and both of her albums are a culmination of soul, funk, jazz and rnb.

This Kansas-born girl doesn’t only have the status as a darn good singer though, she’s also pretty high up in the alternative fashion books. Her trademark black and white tuxedo ensembles along with her brilliantly oversized updo make her refreshingly unique in her appearance – she knows what she wants to do and she’s damn well going to achieve it.

This girl can rock a black cape like no one else I’ve ever seen, and that’s not even mentioning the rest of her attire: a silk shirt, scarf, drainpipes and stilettos – all black – and then that fantastic pop of bubblegum, pink lipstick. Jil Sander SS11 anyone? I’m sure they’d be more than pleased to have Ms Monáe as a model. You never know, she’d probably through in a spontaneous performance of Cold War or Tightrope free of charge. Listen, and revel in her soulfulness…

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