She’s fast making a name for herself in the music industry.
Yet Dua Lipa has revealed the rise to stardom has not been easy as she recalled experiences of sexism.
The 22-year-old singer – who recently scooped Best British Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards – spoke to GQ magazine about the pressures of being a woman in music and also posed for the piece with a stunning photoshoot.
Speaking out: Dua Lipa spoke to GQ magazine about the pressures of being a woman in music and also posed for the piece with a stunning photoshoot
Discussing sexism, the IDGAF singer recalled: ‘For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know?
‘For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.’
Dua also spoke about the importance of the #MeToo movement, a hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
Girl power: She’s fast making a name for herself in the music industry. Yet Dua, 22, has revealed the rise to stardom has not been easy as she recalled experiences of sexism
She explained: ‘I’m lucky in that I haven’t really had any sexual harassment in any way. But I think [Me Too] is so important.
‘You know, even from school, growing up with kiss chase or whatever, it’s been ingrained in our heads that boys will be boys and its harmless fun and no big deal and to brush things off.
Out now: See the full interview in the May issue of GQ, on sale Thursday 5th April
‘Like catcalling. To some it might not seem a lot, but it affects your mood, people get embarrassed about the way they dress.
‘For lots of females, be it actresses, singers, models, no matter what it is, it’s not being able to have the right to dress and wear how and what you want and be taken seriously.’
Dua went on to reveal the inspiration behind her upcoming second album, as she admitted that it’s another ‘dance-weeper’:
She revealed: ‘It’s very much dance crying. It is a pop album that you’re going to be able to dance to, but a lot of the songs are sad.
‘They’re about heartbreak and they’re about going through some emotional manipulation. It kind of sucks that that’s the thing that triggers my creativity, but happy things don’t seem to do it for me.’
See the full interview in the May issue of GQ, on sale Thursday 5th April