English singer, songwriter, and model Dua Lipa covers the May 2018 issue of British GQ magazine, as photographed by Mariano Vivanco, and accompanied by a cover-story in which Dua discusses the #MeToo movement.
On her second album
“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.”
On sexism when it comes to female musicians
“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.”
“I’m lucky in that I haven’t really had any sexual harassment in any way. But I think [#MeToo] 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. 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.”
This article was first published in the May 2018 issue of GQ magazine