If there’s one celebrity who means more to us here at The Closet Feminist than anyone else, it’s Janelle Monáe. She’s an artist with an aesthetic that is incomparably interesting, complex, and inspiring. Monáe embraces intersectional feminism, still engages in all sorts of activism despite her fame, and her conscientious theories on clothing and personal style are pretty much unparalleled.
Naturally, her latest video for Electric Lady has caught our eye for its girl gang/super-sorority style starring her Electro Phi Betas , pictured below (just go listen to the whole album to learn more, you won’t regret it).
While the video opens with some super-distracting product placement, it more than makes up for it with the rest of the video. Monáe’s videos are the best for a few reasons:
1. They always, always star people of colour, more often than not almost exclusively.
2. People of all ages star in her videos.
3. There is never any girl hate, we are more likely to see friendship and ladies running the show.
4. Women are never, ever objectified.
5. You can totally tell that Monáe won’t compromise her vision, all her videos have a very specific aesthetic (just think of this while people like Katy Perry are busy moping they can’t just keep relying on cultural appropriation).
If this video doesn’t have you wanting to run out the door for a Electro Phi Betas letterman jacket of your own (or at least something close to it) then you’re probably doing it wrong.
“We’re about to make a whole new nation, with a million Electric Ladies, ya’ll make me so proud.”
-from Electric Lady
Pink crop top, 21 CAD / Monki pink tank, 5.85 CAD / Avelon grey letterman jacket, 445 CAD / River Island slim fit pants, 64 CAD / Converse white sneaker, 87 CAD / Allurez jewelry, 720 CAD / Jeweliq stackers jewelry, 24 CAD