Grammy nominee Janelle Monae coves the latest Jones Magazine‘s 2nd Winter Arts & Entertainment issue.

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After giving the world and fashion naysayers the rundown on her signature tux at the 2012 Black Girls Rock Awards, I love Janelle Monae even more for this:

“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.”