Check out Gwen Stefani!
The GRAMMY winner graces the latest issue of Paper Magazine, where she stuns in several striking pictures and gives an equally compelling interview.
Within the feature, the ‘Slow Clap,’ songstress dished on politics, cultural appropriation, and more.
Peep pics and quotes below…
On politics and if she’s a Republican:
“If you’re going to be a star, that’s what you get. You know what I mean? You get what you get, and you don’t get upset, at all.”
“I can see how people would be curious, but I think it’s pretty obvious who I am. I’ve been around forever. I started my band because we were really influenced by ska, which was a movement that happened in the late ’70s, and it was really all about people coming together. The first song I ever wrote was a song called ‘Different People,’ which was on the Obama playlist, you know, a song about everyone being different and being the same and loving each other. The very first song I wrote.”
“The Specials and The Selecter and all those groups, and what they were doing in the late ’70s was this whole kind of anti-racism, we come together, Black and white ska movement. And we were sort of echoing that in the ’80s when we did it, we were like the third generation of ska.”
On cultural appropriation and ‘Harajuku Girls’:
“If we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures in, we wouldn’t have so much beauty, you know? We learn from each other, we share from each other, we grow from each other. And all these rules are just dividing us more and more.”
On her new album:
“I’m at the end. The idea of going for a session and not being with my kids or the idea of taking time away from Blake [Shelton] doesn’t fuel my fire like it did two months ago. I need to decide, wrap it up, put out the project.”
On her longevity in the music industry:
“It’s really a blessing to be able to have such a long career, where there really is nothing to prove anymore.”
“It’s a different energy. You know, it’s really just about doing it to do it, as opposed to trying to make a statement or make a mark.”