Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe's Wellness Advocacy and Lifestyle


Feb. 15 2024, Published 10:04 p.m. ET

Singer and actress Janelle Monáe isn’t looking for public validation, as she’s all guns out addressing societal problems. The Hidden Figures star has been using her celebrity status for the greater good. The pandemic wasn’t particularly an easy time for most people, although it provided an opportunity to self-reflect. As the earth healed, so did Janelle. She has since been on a roll speaking about various issues, including mental health, LGBTQ, and body positivity. Here’s Janelle Monáe’s journey to reclaiming her life as a wellness and self-care advocate.

Healing During The Pandemic

At the peak of COVID-19, many people had no choice but to lock themselves in their homes, drowned in thoughts. It was an excellent time for Janelle to self-reflect by addressing her childhood trauma and finding ways to overcome dark thoughts. While working through her trauma, she found writing a great way to heal. The actress appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and spoke about her new book, “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories Of Dirty Computer.”

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Janelle revealed that she had been dealing with a lot of rejection and abandonment issues that likely stemmed from her childhood. Nonetheless, she had no time to continue wallowing. The actress was all about living her best life. She had no business trying to prove her value. In the book, the “Yoga” artist explores several subjects tracing from her album, “Dirty Computer.” The futuristic book contains several story collections that address queerness, love, sexual liberation, and, generally, what the future might look like.

Sorry, Not Sorry

Celebrity life very much equals walking on eggshells. Everything they wear, how they talk, what they eat, their families, and their bodies are often subjected to public scrutiny. Like Lady Gaga, Janelle Monáe has been severely scrutinized for owning up to her style.

On the other hand, the “Moonlight” actress has been an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of women. Janelle has been advocating for women’s rights to own their bodies and feel comfortable in their own skin. Being Black didn’t make it easy. Nonetheless, she has been walking her talk. During the 2022 BET Awards, the songstress appeared in a black Roberto Cavalli see-through gown paired with a black harness. Her bold style at the event was in response to the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe vs. Wade, which eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion.

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Advocating For Queer Rights And Mental Health

Janelle Monae came out as pansexual in 2018 and declared she was non-binary in 2021. She has since opened up about her struggles with identifying herself and her sexuality throughout her teen and adult years. Coming from a black household didn't make things any easier.

While navigating the mucky waters, Janelle encountered mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. She noticed it was a prevalent issue within the LGBTQ+ community. The actress has been using her public figure status to advocate for mental wellness. She was named Trevor Project’s 2022 Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year.

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A Vision For A Better Tomorrow

Change has always been a challenging subject. But Janelle Monae isn’t afraid to confront it head-on. The actress has immersed herself in difficult conversations that touch on the representation of everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or race. Monae continues to take her firm stance against discrimination and stigmatization, and fans can’t stop but marvel at her determination.

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