Singer/Songwriter/Dancer JANELLE MONAE covers the THE GIFT GUIDE Issue of UPTOWN!!!
Check out a few interview highlights:
“I love it here,” she says. “Parisians are so warm, welcoming and dangerous. I feel like a beetle that is carefully held and protected in Paris. They are so fun and free and crazy. Plus, Claude Monet actually stole my name and put an ‘e’ and a ‘t’ on it, which stands for ‘extra terrestrial.’ There are a lot of weird things going on over here in Paris, but I can dig it.”And about why she stays so mysterious:
“It is my goal to mislead you into believing one thing,” she continues with her best sense of irony. When talking with Janelle Monáe, I must warn you, metaphorical winks come in such rapid-fire succession that only later do you realize that you are struck. And not from a shocking crimson drip, à la Walter White; it’s more of a delayed Big O “aha” moment. “There has to be some misinformation out there about JanelleAnd about those misconceptions:
Monáe,” she teases.
People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this. I like to have fun. I enjoy practical jokes. I enjoy rolling around the mall in wheelchairs. I enjoy taking someone’s baby and putting it on my hip for about two hours straight and then giving it back.