Check out Normani!
The stage blazer scorches a’front of the newest issue of Teen Vogue.
Beyond posing it up for the striking shoot (lensed by Micaiah Carter), the rising star sat down for a candid interview.
Within the feature, the 24-year-old opened up about the anticipation and anxiety she has around her debut album; she also updated on status of said LP.
Elsewhere, Normani spoke about her cameo in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s ‘WAP’ video, as well as her faith in God.
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“There’s so much expectation that I have for myself, so adding [fans’ expectations] onto that can be a lot, but it really does motivate me,” she says. “I really want to create a body of work that’s going to count, you know? I’m never going to get my first album back.”
On Understanding Her Own Anxiety:
“Vulnerability is talking about the fact that I do get anxiety sometimes, and just showing the consumer what that feels like for me. Just the fact that I am in a position that I’m in, but I don’t want to be so unattainable. I’m just the girl next door.”
On How She’s Spent The Last Few Months:
“Obviously aside from just how devastating [this moment] is, I’ve been able to get to know myself in a way that I hadn’t been able to before,” she says. Investing in self-care has made her more comfortable with being vulnerable in her music “because now I’m tapped into myself in such an intimate way.”
On What Her Presence In Pop Means:
“Representation, like I always say, is key. To be a young woman that looks like myself, I just feel like [being a positive example] is a part of my legacy. It’s me wanting to create better opportunities for us, and also just for people who think that they got us figured out, [I want to show that] we are multifaceted and capable of much more than we get credit for, in the music industry and also in society. I feel like I have a duty.”
On The ‘WAP’ Visual:
“The ‘WAP’ video I was really, really excited to be a part of, just because I feel like we’re in a time in music where women — and Black women — are really on top, which is something I feel like we haven’t seen in a very, very long time. Where I come from, we were all about female empowerment. The fact that I could be a part of such a special moment embracing our sexuality, in which I definitely think there’s a double standard, [was exciting] to be a part of it.”
On Her Long-Awaited Album:
“I’m close. When God tells me that it’s done, then it’ll be done. I’ll feel it, you know?”
The spread comes on the heels of news that the former Fifth Harmony member is in the studio with Beyonce hitmaker Scott Storch.