FKA twigs graces the cover of ‘Allure’ magazine and opens up about her artistic vision and how she is coping with fame and along the way, she also has unsparing words for pop music stars. Her comments as well as the visually stunning photos, which you can see here, are drawing much notice.
The 28-year-old British multi-hyphenate was already a rising star as an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses music, performance art and dance. Her original name is Tahliah Barnett and she has become known by her stage name FKA twigs, and now in recent months, her fame has gone beyond performance art and indie music circles and into the realm of celebrity, as she is the fiance of Robert Pattinson. So yes, that’s quite glaring of the spotlight.
But before those days she had released a string of critically acclaimed EPs — EP1, EP2, and M3LL155X — as well as her debut album, LP1, which was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in the UK. It also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Recording Package.
FKA twigs tells ‘Allure’ magazine, “I don’t want to be described as anything.” Elaborating, she adds, “It’s like hashtags. Hashtag this, hashtag that. Hashtag blue, hashtag pink, hashtag cute dogs. Do you know what I mean? Everything has a hashtag.”
For those who are hoping that she opens up about Robert Pattinson in the Allure magazine cover story, unfortunately, there will be disappointment. But Understandably, she declines and the writer sheds some light on this. For instance, her disdain of hashtags, the writer notes that ““In her much-publicized personal life, she’s often dubbed #robertpattinsonsfiancee.” For those in the know about the social media bullying and outright racism she’s faced, that’s not a surprise.
She goes on to speak about her art, saying, “I’m a traditional showgirl in a sense. I spent years of my early 20s working among performance artists. That’s rule one of being an underground artist: You do your own makeup, hair, and costumes.”
She goes on to draw a comparison between that kind of authenticity and what we witness too often in the pop music world. She doesn’t name any names, but she does say, “Imagine if you were an artist that wasn’t being herself,. Imagine you’re an artist that didn’t know how to do your own makeup, didn’t know how to do your own hair, didn’t know how to put an outfit together, didn’t write your own music, didn’t direct your own videos, didn’t produce your own music.”
She underscores the argument, adding, “They’re not artists. They’re vehicles, vessels. The majority of them are like that. Imagine how hard that must be.”
She goes on to speak of her own journey towards authenticity, saying, “”I think one of the most painful things I went through making my record is realizing that you don’t have to ask permission.” She adds, “You don’t have to ask permission to do a video saying something that you want to say. All you can do is follow your instincts.”
You can see the full interview here, and see FKA twigs’ ‘Allure’ photos and the behind-the-scenes video below.