"I live in Atlanta, so I have lil turnup sessions with my friends where I would go turn on a lil rap music and just go crazy. We have fun. But I also do yoga, I allow myself to get frustrated for like 3 minutes and I’m like, ”Ok, Janelle… You got 3 minutes. Get it together." I have to talk to myself. But when I’m too stressed I’m like, "I need to take a break. I just need to take a break, go call your grandmother, go call home." because your tribe, they take you back. They remind you of how blessed you are and the struggle they went through so that you can make it to where you are today.” - Janelle Monae
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.”