Marie Claire’s 25th Anniversary Issue Features Megan Rapinoe, Kacey Musgraves, Awkwafina, and Lilly Singh

Posted on September 11, 2019

Megan Rapinoe, Kacey Musgraves, Awkwafina, and Lilly Singh are the cover stars of Marie Claire’s October 2019 issue, on newsstands September 19.

This October issue also celebrates Marie’s Claire’s 25th Anniversary in the U.S.! Instead of looking back for its anniversary, Marie Claire wanted to look to the future by choosing these four cover stars who each represent the future of their respective industries.




Megan Rapinoe

On standing up for her beliefs: “I’m not interested in having a conversation with anyone who, even with different viewpoints, isn’t genuinely trying to make the world a better place.”

On the differences male and female athletes are treated: “In the same breath that someone would call me arrogant, they wouldn’t call Tom Brady or LeBron James or Michael Jordan arrogant. Even when they do call male athletes arrogant, it’s almost in a positive way. But when it comes from a woman, they’re like, ‘How dare she? How dare she know she’s one of the best players in the world? How dare she take a moment to let 55,000 fans absolutely adore her?’ You know? We don’t allow women the space to be that way.”

On her advice to women: “You deserve the space that you can take up. And you can take up as much space as you need.”



Kacey Musgraves

On the importance of her music remaining authentic: “From the get-go, I wasn’t going to sign a record deal unless I could completely do it on my terms. And yeah, there’ve been moments when I’ve been asked to change lyrics or to do things I wasn’t into. But I’m not going to bend in hopes that it’s going to reach more people or whatever. It’s just not worth it.”

On finding self-confidence: “Going through my 20s and not being in the right relationship made me put up some walls. You put walls up. You’re not happy. Being on the other side of that, I feel more self-confident. I don’t feel daunted putting myself out there. I feel a bit of softening to myself but also to the world.”

On her love for RuPaul’s Drag Race and when she feels her best: “I’ve always felt my best when I basically look like a drag queen.”

On her experimentation with psychedelics: “They’ve brought me closer to our planet and to humanity. I’ve walked away with a lot of little gifts.”




On her signature voice: “People are not going to believe this, but I have sounded this way since I was a toddler. If I asked for juice, it would be like ‘juuuuuiice.’ I would pick up the phone as a kid, and people didn’t know if they were speaking to the man of the house. My voice is so freaking weird. I never sounded right.”

On defying stereotypes against Asian Americans: “It’s going to be hard to not walk into a room as an Asian American woman and not surprise someone with my bawdiness or the way that I yell. It proves a larger point that we’re all different and come from different experiences, and just because this is how you see ‘Asians,’ that’s not how I am. Let me a little color in your landscape.”

On the insecurities about her career: “I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied to the point of not being hungry. I worry this is all a dream, that I won’t know what to do to keep it going. This career is always going to be a risk. It’s always going to be a ride [that produces] a lot of anxiety.”



Lilly Singh

On what she wants her show to represent: “I’ve made it abundantly clear that I want to bring a great digital strategy and build community. I want to make sure women and people of color are involved. I am constantly putting my foot down about that.”

On how her idols became her friends: “Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra. People who I wanted to get their autograph one day. And now I’m in a position where, if I need advice, I call Dwayne.”

On coming out as bisexual: “When I tweeted about being bisexual, a lot of people told me it’s bad, that I shouldn’t do that, especially because I have fans in cultures around the world that might not support it. and I remember making the decision, like, well, eff it, you don’t get to have an opinion about who I am.”

On finding her own path in life: “I vividly remember one day, I’d just gone to the White House. I met with Mrs. Obama, did a video with her, went on Facebook, and saw one of my cousins got engaged. And I felt like crap. Like, Oh God, I am such a failure; what am I even doing with my life? The conditioning I’ve been raised with is if you’re not doing that linear path, then you’re straying too far. That’s something I’ve really had to unlearn because I am not made for that path.”



[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire Magazine]

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