Dua Lipa cementing her place as one of the biggest music stars of 2020 doesn’t mean that she hasn’t dealt with her share of sexism within the music industry.
In a new cover story for Attitude, the singer detailed how she’s had to “prove” the seriousness of her artistry to executives and producers throughout her career.
“That’s just being a woman in the industry. A lot of people see it, particularly in pop music, that you’re manufactured or whatever, so you have this underlying pressure or anxiety to constantly prove [yourself] to people, especially when you write your own lyrics,” the singer told the magazine. “You have to work a little bit harder to be taken seriously. … [I] was not just going to sit there in the room and wait for somebody to write a song for me.”
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The “Levitating” singer went on to describe a time that she stood her ground on a video shoot and refused to wear a miniskirt after the director requested she do so.
“You’re on a music video and the director goes, ‘I definitely think you need to wear a skirt’—because someone wants to see, you know, ‘UK’s pop star in a cute outfit,'” she continued. “I’m like, ‘Well, I’m going to wear trousers because it’s f***ing freezing.’ I know how to stand my ground and hold it down.”
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Continuing, she said, “We’re so used to pushing it away and saying something just to turn it off and be, like, this isn’t a big deal. I’ve always been someone to check [a person] straight away. If someone’s saying something [that I don’t agree with], ‘I’m not going to do that, I’m going to do this.'”
Doing things her own way also includes following a more unconventional release format for her latest album, Future Nostalgia. On social media yesterday, the singer confirmed to a fan that she’s set to release a B-side album in 2021.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US