Dua Lipa makes for a striking presence a’front of the May 2020 issue of ELLE Magazine, which will hits newsstands on April 28.
The British singer is featured in a colourful and fashionable array of setups lensed by Zoey Grossman to support her chart topping sophomore album ‘Future Nostalgia.’
In her second interview which was conducted via Zoom with Elle’s features director, Melissa Giannini, Dua shared her thoughts about her LP being leaked onto the internet weeks before its intended release, the rush-roll out that followed, how she’s dealing with lockdown, and more, following her initial interview with the magazine back in January.
On releasing her album ‘Future Nostalgia’ during the pandemic:
Everything was supposed to culminate with a well-timed media blitz—including a Saturday Night Live appearance on March 28 and the release of this cover story about, well, now. And then a bot alerted her label, Warner Records, that the album had leaked a week early. Before that moment, she too had been weighing a delay.
“I think (the leak) just kind of solidified my choice that I wanted it to be out April 3 anyway. This is me going into my celestial beliefs, but it was like, Okay, this is just how it’s meant to be. And I am really grateful that the music is out. The way I write my music, I’m always very open, and I allow myself to be vulnerable. And I feel now more than ever that it’s brought me closer to my listeners. I think it’s important to talk about your emotions and to be vulnerable and to show that you’re human.”
On her quarantine life with Anwar Hadid:
“Oh my God, I’ve watched so many shows—Ozark, Tiger King, The Night Of, The Outsider, Servant, did I say Ozark? And lots of movies, too.”
“We were just buying our normal fish and stuff, and octopus came up. So we said, ‘Okay, let’s try something different.’ It’s about making things fun, coming up with different recipes, trying out things that we’ve never done before.”
On her predictions for our post pandemic existence:
“I think things will definitely change. I think we’ll tread differently with Mother Nature—we won’t be as careless as we have been. I think we’ll be more empathetic and make moments count. We won’t take things for granted. I think our world is probably going to change forever.”
On how this time might impact her next album:
“I don’t feel like we’ll want to be reminded too much of this time. Of course, this is a major moment in history that we won’t forget. But I don’t know whether that’s going to influence where my music is going to go next.”
Credits: Interview by Melissa Giannini. Photography by Zoey Grossman. Hair by Panos Papandrianos and makeup by Romy Soleimani, both at The Wall Group. Manicure by Mei Kawajiri. Produced by Roger Inniss at Boom Productions Inc.