In case you haven’t heard, Janelle Monáe is Hollywood’s newest trailblazer and POC jack-of-all-trades. She can sing, act, rap, and write full-blown sci-fi books.
This 36-year-old multitalented lady has been nominated eight times in the Grammy awards and won several prestigious accolades including:
- Rising Star Award (2013) by Billboard Women in Music
- Best Album of 2018 The Daily Californian Music Awards for ‘Dirty Computer’
- Outstanding Music Artist of 2019 by GLAAD Music Award
- Best Art Direction for ‘Q.U.E.E.N.” in 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
- Queer Anthem for ‘Pynk’ by 2018 Queerty Awards
- Choice Single by a Group in 2012 Teen Choice Awards
- Best Breakthrough Performer of Gold Derby Awards 2017
So, if you’re looking to catch up and learn more about this rising star, keep reading!
What is Janelle Monáe’s Age?
Born on December 1, 1985, Janelle Monáe Robinson is 36 years old. She grew up in a middle-class family, which makes her all the more deserving of all the things she’s enjoying now.
Janelle was only 18 years of age when she decided to take her music career seriously. And it wouldn’t be 10 years later until Janelle decides to try her hand at acting.
She began with minor voice-acting roles, which eventually led to her landing her first big break in acting with the films Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
What is Janelle Monáe’s Height?
Some say short queens often reach the highest stars, and that is exactly the case with Janelle Monáe. According to most sources, Janelle stands 5ft tall. This is also confirmed by the actress herself via Twitter.
Her height does fall a few inches short of the average height of African American women. Moreover, she is around the same height as the following celebrities:
- Mary-Kate Olsen
- Jada Pinkett Smith
- Dolly Parton
- Kourtney Kardashian
Who are Janelle Monáe’s Parents?
As mentioned earlier, Janelle did not have the privilege of being able to buy her way into success. Her parents worked jobs with average pay. Her mother, Janet, worked as a janitor and hotel maid while her father, Michael Robinson Summers, was a truck driver and garbage man suffering from drug addiction.
Janelle’s parents soon separated from each other and the actress was left under her mother’s custody. Janet later remarried to a postal worker. Janelle revealed through an interview that her humble beginnings ignited her passion for activism:
“My father was a trashman. My mother was a custodian. My stepfather worked at the post office. My grandmother served food at the county jail. I saw them getting up every single morning, putting on their uniforms, living check to check, working hard. My idea of working was to work hard and contribute to your community. It’s my truth.”
Does Janelle Monáe Have Siblings?
Janelle’s mother had another child from her second marriage, and she was named Kimmy. In other words, Kimmy is Janelle’s half-sister.
Since Janelle is notorious for having a very private life, she hasn’t shared anything about her relationship with her sister. Moreover, her sister seems to also enjoy a life out of public attention.
Although their decision to keep a low profile is perfectly understandable, we do hope to see the Monáe siblings together on screen in the future!
What is Janelle Monáe’s Net Worth?
With eight Grammy nominations and highly-successful TV shows and movies under her name, it would be safe to assume that Janelle has made millions of dollars from her career.
The figure may differ from source to source, but it is estimated that Janelle Monáe’s net worth is around $8million to $12million.
Needless to say, Janelle has definitely come far from her humble beginnings. We’d like to think that her parents and loved ones are very proud of her!