Janelle Monáe is equally revered and criticized for her style of dress, which mainly consists of white and black tuxedos, suits and menswear-inspired blouses. She imagines the look to be an homage to blue-collar workers everywhere who are required to wear uniforms to work; the black and white menswear look is her “uniform” of sorts.

Vanity Fair took notice of Janelle’s distinct style, including her in its annual international roundup of the best-dressed “originals.”

Here’s a snippet from the article:

Janelle Monáe
OCCUPATION: “Mugician (musician and magician).” RESIDENCE: New Atlantis (Neon Valley Street). FAVORITE ITEM: “My black vintage six-way hat.” FAVORITE FASHION PURCHASE OF 2011: Black cashmere Chanel cape. FAVORITE SHOES: “My George Esquivel black-and-white classic Monáe oxford.” STYLE IDOLS: Cindi Mayweather, Karl Lagerfeld. CAUSE: “Bringing people together through art and music. Fighting against those who divide us—‘The Great Divide’—with my music, which is my weapon.”

While Janelle is certainly original in both her style and sound, critics are debating whether she deserves the best-dressed title. What do you think? Should Janelle Monae have made the list?

See a gallery of her looks below:


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