Janelle Monáe Makes a Statement, Loud and Clear

Posted on January 04, 2017

“Hidden Figures” actress and singer Janelle Monáe attends Variety’s Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

 

Kittens, if there’s one thing we love to do it’s read the red carpet tea leaves.

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And by that we mean diving deeper on the thinking and meaning behind a series of style choices rather than just assessing them on their merits. Sometimes it’s about placing a look in the context of whatever project that celebrity is promoting, such as dressing in sci-fi-inspired looks for a Star Wars premiere.

 

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Other times, it’s about looking at whatever is going on in that celebrity’s life, whether it’s a public breakup or social media meltdown or a huge flop and extrapolating from that as to why certain style choices were made.

And then there’s the other, white-hot, radioactive take on reading red carpetry; that style choice that’s hard to deny but difficult to talk about when taken in context …

 

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The Political Statement.

We don’t want to disparage the current vogue among liberals to adopt the safety pin as a symbol of tolerance and support for the disenfranchised. There’s nothing wrong with adopting symbols, of course. We just have a natural skepticism about their efficacy. But there’s no denying that it’s a symbol that is quickly gaining power and we’re likely to see a whole hell of a lot more of it on red carpets in the coming years. This is potentially the new red AIDS ribbon of our time.

Now, we suppose it’s possible this isn’t a political statement on Miss Janelle’s part, but we find that very, very hard to believe. As we said, these things can be difficult to talk about in context, so let’s have the context:

“I shouldn’t even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not [please] know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. Actually I’m tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community.”

So, yeah. Political Statement.
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And also, it has to be said, since we are a fashion blog after all, a damn chic little look. We’d have found the safety pins fun if they had no political connotations, but since they do, we have to applaud her for once again finding a way to take something and make it her own. As we said, we’re probably going to see a lot of safety pins on the red carpets of 2017, but Miss Janelle came out of the gate with the most unique take we’re likely to see.

 

Style Credits:
Lela Rose Ensemble from the Spring 2017 Collection
Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Christian Louboutin Shoes

[Photo Credit: Tony DiMaio/startraksphoto.com, Vivien Killilea/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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