Janelle Monae’s stylist has praised the singer for taking risks when it comes to her clothes.
Janelle’s latest music video for song Pynk has got everyone talking this week, thanks to “vagina trousers” worn by Janelle and her dancers. The pink puffy pants, by Dutch designer Duran Lantink, resemble a woman’s most intimate area.
Later in the video, 32-year-old Janelle wears a pair of white Y fronts with the words Sex Cells across the front, and pubic hair sprouting out the side.
Praising Janelle’s bold attitude to fashion, stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn, who worked on the Pynk video, told mic.com: “Instead of creating a character on screen, I now get to work with a person and really help them create their vision or the character that they want.
“Working with Janelle has been such a dream because she does have a clear idea of what she wants and she’s willing to take risks. I get to bring new things to the table, but also she has guidelines of what she likes to stay in. It’s nice to be given some parameters.”
Alexandra has been working with Janelle since November, and has helped to add colour to the Tightrope singer’s usual monochrome wardrobe.
Some of their top looks so far have been the scarlet Christian Siriano suit she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party and the fuchsia Wolk Morais suit the singer and actress wore for the A Wrinkle in Time Los Angeles premiere.
“I think that she is definitely going through a transition of change and those inklings had already begun with this album (Dirty Computer),” Alexandra enthused. “Her people didn’t mention anything specific about her wanting a change, but I can imagine if they saw my work they saw that I am definitely adventurous and I’m not afraid to go big. Knowing her now, she is definitely one who wants to have really avant-garde pieces that other people, I have to say, wouldn’t have the balls to wear.”