Crazy, Classic Life

“We don’t need another ruler;

all of my friends are kings”

 

I have been super inspired by Janelle Monae lately, so I decided to make an avatar as close as I could get to her look in the Crazy, Classic Life video.

 

Given that I’m actually a white person (depending on who you ask, I guess), I have also contemplated whether or not making/wearing a black avatar would be considered digital blackface, and I do hope this won’t be seen that way. This is an avatar afterall, a character I’ve created, not actually myself.. and I’d hope intent would matter here.

 

I adore Janelle Monae, as well as many of the sentiments and messages in her latest musical/visual release, Dirty Computer. There’s a lot of struggle happening in our world right now, a lot of judgment, and a lot of pain. But there is also still a lot of beauty, too. Janelle Monae’s representations of both the obstacles and pinnacles of being black, female, and/or any place on the LGBTQ spectrum, mean a lot to me. I may not be a black person, but I am not without empathy or understanding for what it’s like to be a black person in this world, and I *can* directly relate to being a woman and being on the LGBTQ spectrum, as well as having relationships that are considered outside “the norm”. These are all human struggles, and I think just about anyone is capable of understanding what it’s like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, if they listen and try hard enough.

 

Also, I don’t know if y’all have noticed or not, but SL is pretty white. I rarely see POC avatars and it legitimately confuses me, and makes me uncomfortable. Even those seeking items to create an avatar for a POC are very limited by what’s available. This is probably a multi-level issue, but I hope in time that SL and all its places and things will become more diversified and inclusive. I also hope the real world makes some improvements in these areas too. We’ve come a long way from how things used to be, yes, but we have also taken some steps backward, and still had a long way to go even before we did that. Visibility and equality are necessary to progress, and I personally want to do what I can to make sure I leave this Earth better than I found it.

 

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Wearing:

Shape: Made by me, attempting to make it look more like Janelle.

Head: Lelutka Simone

Body: Maitreya Lara

Eyeshadow: Alaskametro – Sugar

Lips: ~Shiny Stuffs~ Lelutka Bite Me! Lip Applier

Hair: DQ…Bantu Knot ( BLACK ash BURNED ) [made darker in Photoshop]

Crown: Meli Imako

Jacket: Birdy – Backstage – Jacket

Dress: Addams // Abbe Angel Body // Maitreya – N*24 – RARE

Shoes: Sweet Thing. Haru Street Stompers – Fatpack (Maitreya)

Earrings: Eliavah ~ Midna Earrings

Choker: POMPOSITY – Gemstone Studded Velvet Choker (x2) – Neck Attach. [fair warning since the MP listing doesn’t say — this thing comes full bright by default, and I had to ask the creator for a version without that]

Rings: [IK] The Witching Hour Rings – Maitreya