Lily Allen is the March 2014 cover girl for Elle UK. She graces the cover, shot by David Vasiljevic, wearing the same Miu Miu dress we’ve seen on Lupita Nyong’o; she also wears Spring 2014 looks from Michael van der Ham and Roland Mouret.
It appears that her comeback is set to upset the masses, with her singing her version of the truth as she remains an unapologetic spitfire who apparently has her bit to say about everything from feminism and motherhood, to Beyonce and the pressure on women to conform.
Elle’s March 2014 issue is on newsstands now. Below are some extracts.
On the pressure to be perfect: “Of course I’d rather look like Kate Moss than look like myself”, she admits. “I wish I didn’t feel like that, and I think the reason we feel like that is because of the imagery we’re fed all the time. Women are still expected, in some weird way, to kind of… sit there and look pretty. And not talk.”
On fame: “I don’t want to be a famous person. But [with] the nature of the industry, when I have an album to promote, I do want to be famous. I want people to buy it! And I want them to go to my shows. That’s how it works. I think of myself as a product in that sense. But I don’t want that frenzy. I think it’s weird for children to grow up around that.”
On coming back to music after her threats to retire from the music industry: By the end, I was physically and mentally exhausted and really pissed off”, she said. “This was pre-phone hacking scandal, so those lines hadn’t been drawn. People just didn’t give a shit, and there weren’t any barriers. I did feel at that time that I wanted to leave and never come back. But I’m not the sort of person who can sit at home and look after [children] all day… there was a void. I’m a creative person, I like to speak my mind. Making music is the perfect vehicle for that”.
Credit: Elle UK