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In an age where pop princesses shed layers of clothing to promote records, Janelle Monae is keeping the attention on her music. The beauty covers Elle Canada and opens up to the magazine about why you won’t see her posing nearly nude anytime soon:

“When I look at myself in the mirror, I’m attractive. I really have a nice body. And I had to pick: Do I want them to focus on my body? Do I want them to focus on how curvy and really, really gorgeous my figure is? Or do I want them to look at my music? What has more value? And I made that decision. I want them to focus on the message and the music because I feel like I have a higher calling [...] You have to protect your heart and your spirit so you’re not tainted by money, greed, power, arrogance…. I don’t get off on those things.”

Monae also spoke on being shy, working as a maid and being an influence to other women via Necole Bitchie:

On Being Shy:
“I am naturally shy. That’s what people are most surprised by, because when I’m onstage there’s nothing shy. It’s all electricity. I feel fearless.”

On Her Previous Job as a Maid:
“I got this Facebook message and it really just touched my heart and reminded me where I came from and how I can never complain. I’ll show you.[...]A lot of the women I worked with had rough lives. They were recovering addicts or getting out of jail.”

On Being a Positive, Powerful Influence & Inspiration:
“I have a responsibility to my community. I have a responsibility to tell the universe a story in an unforgettable way. I really want to open doors for all those starting to have their voice…. I want to speak to my cousins who are still in Kansas and feel like they don’t have anyone; I want to speak to the young lady who is trying to understand who she is and how she’s going to follow her dreams living in a disadvantaged environment. [...] I want to present a different perspective of what it means to be a strong woman, and I just hope to be an inspiration to the next generation of girls, to help them define what makes them unique and what makes them special.”

Janelle Monae continues to inspire and stay true to herself despite the pressures of the music business.

What do you think of Janelle Monae’s interview for Elle Canada, Clutchettes?

  • Echi

    When I opened up this link, to the left of Janelle was the thumbnail for the article about Beyonce’s GQ cover. While I have much love and respect for Beyonce’s hustle, I find Janelle Monae the more inspiring celebrity.

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    we need more women like janelle monae around to show that you don’t have to be half naked on the cover of a magazine to be successful and beautiful. there are young ladies trying to break out into modeling,acting,and singing and they think that getting naked is the only way to make it! i don’t blame them. pretty much every female artist in america doubles as a stripper when their voice should be the most important thing as a singer.

    plus beyonce is claiming to be a feminist while posing like that in a magazine? she just reinforced the thinking that women should only be seen as a piece of meat for men. that is not empowering, that is falling into their trap.

  • M

    Just had to add that I think Janelle and Adele are very sexy, and that you don’t have to show a ton of skin to be sexy!! I think their look is much hotter than the magazine cover girls, but then, I’m a straight woman…

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