Hello, friends and get ready for a mini-pop culture history lesson. On April 27, 2018 icon, visionary, singer, songwriter, time traveler, and many more things, Janelle Monáe released her “emotion picture,” Dirty Computer. In addition to carrying some fire tunes and stunning visuals, Dirty Computer takes viewers on 49 minute afro-futuristic journey exploring themes of identity, race, gender, sexuality, freedom, and more. Now, every history lesson has an agenda, so I’ll be upfront with mine: Dirty Computer is amazing and you should watch it if you haven’t already!
Specifically, I was very inspired by the visuals and makeup from the stand alone video for “PYNK.” In addition to showing some lady lovin’, Monáe uses traditional feminine imagery to re-imagine what femininity is. Who are women’s bodies for, what should they do with their bodies, what acts are appropriate for their bodies, how should they relate to their bodies, and what parts of their bodies are beautiful? Also, it’s full of black women!!!
It really just reminded me of when I was a kid and hated the color pink because it was so feminine in this particularly restrictive way, and I had no clue that I could define femininity, girlhood, and – later- womanhood for myself. With that in mind, this lookbook is for anyone who loves good music, loves Janelle Monáe, wants to explore their womanhood, and/or is seeking to claim their identities and their humanity.
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Thanks for reading! If you liked this lookbook, please do check out my other Janelle Monáe centric lookbook inspired by Q.U.E.E.N.!
Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!