Normani‘s ascend sees her impact the latest issue of FADER magazine.
In a diva drenched spread lensed by Luke Gilford, the 23-year-old serves up a number of striking looks.
What’s more, she matches her arresting aesthetic with thought-provoking quotes within her interview feature.
Establishing a trend of being quite outspoken, the New Orleans native opens up about how her time in Fifth Harmony was somewhat restrictive, as well as what she feels she has to give vocally and artistically. She also delved into her responsibility as a Black female artist and dished on what folk can expect from her hotly anticipated solo album debut.
Pics and more below…
On Showcasing Her True Self And The Best She Can Be:
“I feel like I have so much to offer vocally…even in terms of taste and arrangement, production-wise, I’m proving to myself that I can wear multiple hats.
All that I ever asked is just for the opportunity to become Normani…just give me the opportunity to prove that I can be the best that I can be. I’m not going to be the best anybody else; that’s just an unrealistic ask. That I can be the best that I can be — that’s all I have to offer.”
On How Being A Member Of Fifth Harmony Restricted Her As An Artist:
“I don’t feel like while I was in the group anyone saw the truest version of me. I wasn’t allowed the opportunity to showcase that…I’m not able to go in in the way that I want to [because] of what the group was.”
On Feeling Alienated Following An Incident That Resulted In Racist, Hateful Comments From Fans:
“[The girls] offered support, but I’m not sure they could be there in the way that I needed because it’s not their experience…They don’t have to face on a day-to-day basis the things that I have to. I definitely learned after that that I had to walk a different way. I can’t look like everybody else.”
On The Personal Significance Of Her Forthcoming Album:
“I’m doing this as therapy for me…to be able to get to know myself in a way that hasn’t even been revealed yet, to be vulnerable in a way that I haven’t been before. I want this to be like a diary of all women — to reflect and showcase the many layers of us. We’re not one-dimensional.”
On The Importance Of Representation For Other Young Women Of Color:
“Being one of a few black women— but also dark skinned women — given the opportunity, representation is key…who’s to say the next time they give another girl the opportunity? It could be in 10 years. I understand [the importance of] that responsibility. It’s much more than just music.”
‘Mani’s album is expected in 2020.