The Dua Lipa promotional train makes a stop on the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
And it does not disappoint.
Lensed by David LaChapelle, the striking feature spread sees the ‘Levitating’ singer magnetise with slay shot after slay shot.
Within the interview feature, Lipa – who is up for six awards at this year’s GRAMMYs, opened up about her sophomore effort ‘Future Nostalgia,’ her humble beginnings, feminism, navigating the global health crisis, and much more.
Head below for stunning pics and quotes…
On Releasing Future Nostalgia When The Global Health Crisis Hit:
“I was terrified. But at the same time, I was like, ‘For some people, this is a form of escapism?’”
“That was another thing where I was like, ‘OK, this is something that maybe could help me get out there.’ ” And it did: Her agency hooked her up with a job singing for an X Factor ad, where she was introduced to a producer who had worked with Ed Sheeran and One Direction. That led to an offer of a publishing deal (“I was excited by it, but had no idea what it meant”) and eventually to her manager, Ben Mawson, who got her signed with Warner.
“I just feel like, if you’re a feminist, you have to also support women in all fields of work. We have to support sex workers, we have to believe that that [work] is their choice and their right. It seems quite hypocritical, I think, people picking and choosing as to how they want to support women and when it suits them. That’s another form of misogyny, which really derives from the male gaze.”
On ‘Future Nostalgia’:
“When I was creating the first album, a lot of what was going on in my life was about heartbreak. This time around, I was feeling so happy and things were going so well, I was like, ‘OK, I need to be able to portray this feeling in a way that doesn’t feel cheesy to me.’ I don’t know why I thought that when you’re a pop artist and you make a happy song, then all of a sudden it’s just not cool. I kind of just had to let that go.” She didn’t give ballads much thought. “There was a point where I was like, ‘Oh, everybody loves a ballad. Maybe I should make one.’ But that wasn’t what I was feeling. I was like, ‘F*ck it. It’s a fun record. That’s what it is.’”
As at writing, Lipa’s latest single ‘Levitating’ has hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while its housing album ‘Future Nostalgia’ was recently certified Gold by the RIAA.