I am delighted to see Lizzo on the cover here — please continue taking the world by storm, sweet lady — and unsurprised to see Camila. Billie Eilish is a nice edgy pick to round out the trio of Women In Music covers. The first time I heard her music, it drove me nuts that it really sounds like she’s singing without moving her lips, and yet suddenly whenever she comes on the radio I don’t turn the dial and cannot resist tapping my fingers to “Bad Guy.” So I guess I’ve been swayed. As have a lot of people; the Elle article mentions, “She’s the first number one artist born this millennium, and too young to have ever owned a CD. She’s the youngest female star to top the charts in a decade, and the only one ever to have 14 simultaneous chart entries.” Side note: I AM OLD.
Her piece is an interesting read that was hard to excerpt without giving the impression it was about any one thing; it covers her writing pop songs with her brother, her bouts of depression, how she throws herself physically into all her shows, the time she wore a tank top and her boobs trended on Twitter. She even talks about losing people, tough sledding no matter how mature a 17-year old you are:
“I need people. I’m a people person,” she says. “For a while, I would be gone for months and wouldn’t see my friends. I’d come back, and they wouldn’t be friends with me anymore. That’s not their fault. You’re not gonna forget me, but you’re gonna forget what it felt like to love me. It sucked.”
Hey, look, I found an excerpt!
Camila’s bit is… okay? Some of it, randomly, is Q&A style, and she glances past weightier topics like her OCD in favor of all the Shawn Mendes romance rumors. Lizzo’s is more fun. My favorite detail I didn’t know about Lizzo is that her flute, which she got in fifth grade, is nicknamed Sasha Flute after Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce alter-ego and has its own Instagram. She also gets serious about mental health in her piece:
“I was the worst communicator, emotionally, when I was younger,” she explains. “I would stop talking to my family; I would stop talking to my friends. I would go deeper and deeper into that dark place, and the deeper I went, the harder it was to reach out of it.” It took her a lot of time and effort to change that, but now she prides herself on being vocal about how she feels. She even opened up about her mental well-being on Instagram back in June. “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts,” she wrote. Her fans quickly flooded the comments with messages of love and support, thanking her for speaking up and letting her know she wasn’t alone. The next day, she returned: “I learned in the last 24 hours that being emotionally honest can save your life. Reaching out may be hard, but as soon as I did it, I was immediately covered in love.”
I love it. May we all be fearless in reaching out when we need it, and equally fearless in taking someone’s hand when they do.