Singer and actress Janelle Monae takes the spotlight in the Tiffany & Co Fall 2017 Campaign, the first for new chief artistic officer, Reed Krakoff.
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The “There’s Only One” campaign celebrates self-expression and individuality, bringing together six diverse personalities (St. Vincent, David Hallberg, Zoe Kravitz, Elle Fanning and Cameron Russell), all shot by fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh.
Always a champion for individuality, Monae encourages others to be authentic as well. “I think that individuality and embracing the things that make you unique is important to humanity, for others around you who may be uncomfortable, with their uniqueness, to finally feel confident in just being just them, and understanding that they were made, you know, unique for a specific purpose,” says the singer and actress.
For this campaign, each entertainer was chosen based on their singular style, personal strengths, and imaginative vision. Confidence, a key component of those three factors, is something Monae believes can be spread from person-to-person. “When you see somebody walk in a room and they’re confident, no matter what they’re wearing, what their hair looks like, it’s contagious, almos,” she says. “It’s like wow, look at that girl or look at that person being comfortable and confident. Let me straighten up. Okay, you know? I just think that it’s individuality and embracing your individuality, is contagious, and we can all catch it.”
As evidenced by her major Tiffany moment at the Met Gala, Monae has always had a love for piling on the accessories. “I love wearing a lot of jewelry. I love it. I really, really do,” says Monae. “And sometimes I like it simple, you know, but today this is what I’m feeling. I don’t even know how many rings I have on, how many bracelets I have on. They’re different kinds. And I love it. And I love being able to look down and … and just see so many different worlds coming together.”
Similar to the way Monae blends many worlds in her own career? Definitely.