Mini Crush Mondays are dedicated to our pint sized divas out there.
My Mini Crush Monday is Janelle Monae in Balmain at the 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards.
“I decided through fashion & music that I would challenge the status quo and redefine what it meant to be a black female artist.” #trumpetawards #JMSpeechexcerpts #stillsayingthankyou Photo: @_amiles A photo posted by janellemonae (@janellemonae) on
“I want to be honest about what was happening before i became Janelle Monáe and a @covergirl . When I started my music career in Kansas, I was a maid. I worked at blockbuster and slept in my mentor’s 8-year-old daughter’s bedroom in Atlanta until I could afford a place to stay. I started off selling CDs out of the boarding house I lived in. I started off singing on the library steps in the Atlanta University Center for anyone who would listen. I was told no. I’m still her.” #trumpetawards #JMSpeechexcerpts photo by: @_amiles cape: @balmainparis
“It’s not that I don’t experience fear but I understand fearlessness is more important. It’s not that I don’t get tired but I realize standing up for those whose voices are often ignored has to come first. It’s not that I don’t get discouraged but I understand that working hard, being a champion for minorities & those marginalized across the world as well as Opening up more doors for girls has to come first.” #trumpetawards #JMspeechexcerpts photo by: @_amiles cape: @balmainparis A photo posted by janellemonae (@janellemonae) on
Isn’t she just awesome! And that cape – Balmain is giving me life! WORK!