Dupa Lipa covers the June 2020 issue of British GQ magazine photographed by Tung Walsh and styled by Lorenzo Posocco.
There’s no doubt listening to ‘Future Nostalgia’ that Lipa is a pop star who has found exactly the artist she wants to be – the way she wants to perform, the music she wants to make, the culture she wants to nurture – in part because she took herself off Twitter and outside of stan culture (the fickle loving and loathing of women in pop music). “I needed to create an album that I was really proud of, without the opinion of other people,” she says. “If I stayed online and tried to follow the guidelines of stan culture, I’d probably be trying to remake ‘New Rules’ over and over again.”
But the women who worked on her first album really helped her to find her voice: people such as Emily Warren and Caroline Ailin, who cowrote ‘New Rules,’ or Sarah Hudson, who cowrote ‘Genesis.’ “They really helped me come into myself and be able to write things that come from the heart,” says Lipa. “My very, very closest friends are all girls. I always feel it’s easier to talk to girls and I’m more open around female energy. Maybe if women in general had a little bit more of that in studios it wouldn’t feel so intimidating to begin with.”
[Photo Credit: Tung Walsh/ British GQ Magazine]