When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. 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 Covergirl. I want to be clear young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl, I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is the often the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes other uncomfortable.
Janelle Monáe On Being a Former Maid and Why She Still Wears a Uniform - COLORLINES
Let’s get topless.
Early evening dinner parties on Sundays are a great idea! Thanks @lovelydetails for a great night with @edytaphoto @modernsequins @nataliebdesigns @otlvintage @crystalgentilello #gardendinnerparty
The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said, and never explained.
In life we do things, some we wish we had never done, some we wish we could reply a million times. But they all make us who we are, and in the end they shape every detail about us. If we were to reverse any of them we wouldn’t be the person we are. So just live. Make mistakes, have wonderful memories. But never second guess who you are, where you have been, and most importantly where it is you’re going.
‘The Age of Opulence’
Alexina Graham by Troyt Coburn for Marie Claire Australia October 2012
Stylist: Kate Harrowsmith
Hair: vincent de moro
Make-up: Anne-Caroline Ayot