FKA Twigs Is Bare-Faced & Beautiful In ‘Paper’ Magazine: View The Photos
FKA Twigs is one of the more boundary-pushing artists to come forth in recent years, and her budding popularity of course leads to covering big name magazines! The UK singer’s latest is for Paper‘s October issue.
For the black + white Paola Kudacki-photographed editorial, Twigs (whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett) rocks mussed hair and form-fitting clothing as she flaunts various poses that highlight her toned dancer’s body.
In the interview, the “Glass & Patron” singer discusses Taylor Swift, vogue culture and the heavy price attached with fame.
Flip through the photo gallery up top, and catch a few interview highlights below.
On vogue culture: With vogue, it’s because I’ve done the roots properly. I made friends with a guy called Derek Prodigy, and I said, “Will you show me some moves?” So I got a studio, and I started going to Kiki balls [an entry-level vogue subculture], dancing a little bit, but not competing. I’ve never done a battle, because I’m not good enough yet. If I went and walked in a ball, I’d get chopped. You have to freestyle for so long, sometimes for 15 minutes. It’s been two years and I can probably only do two and a half minutes. And then I’d be like, [imitates drowning person] “Sorry, I ran out of moves!”
On being part of Taylor Swift’s massive squad: I think Taylor Swift is great, but I wouldn’t necessarily think, “Oh my god, I have to be friends with her.” When I meet fans, they’re quite creative and intelligent, kind, sensitive. Some are old ladies, witch doctors from Louisiana, kids that have just left art school. Gay or lesbian couples, straight middle-aged couples…
On receiving critique: Totally. I mean, to do what I do, to put out music into the world and put yourself at the forefront of a feeling, you’ve got to be so brave anyway. Let alone to not just write a song [that is] like, “Baby baby, I love you maybe maybe/ Can I be your girl, let me rock your world.” To write things that are, like, “Fuck, that was inside, now it’s out,” you have to be so brave, because ultimately you’re going to get people throwing rocks at your babies — throwing rocks at your songs, your feelings.