This is one of those win-win covers for Cosmo, where if you’re a fan of Saweetie you’re thrilled to see her landing a major magazine, and if you don’t know her then the profile will be worthwhile — especially because it’s not the 700th piece about Gwyneth Paltrow or Dua Lipa or a Pretty Little Liar (or the second empty article about Hailey Bieber). She looks cute and sunny in this photo, but I need to know: Why is Cosmo ASKING me if my new sex life will be interesting? Aren’t they going to tell me? I also hate the “like” in that bottom left headline, but I am 100 percent here for a story on snacks. That is absolutely a bullseye. Well played, Cosmo.

And it IS a good read. Saweetie was discovered on Instagram, and she talks frankly about how fame came at her so quickly that she was up on big stages before she really understood how to command them. It’s refreshing to hear successful artists acknowledge that their career is, in fact, both a lot of hard work AND a work-in-progress, because some parts of it don’t necessarily come naturally. She’s also got this to say:

Saweetie learned what it feels like to be underestimated because she was Black and because she was pretty. Yes, she’s read the tweets and think pieces about pretty privilege, about the ways someone like her can use their looks as unearned currency. “I won’t act like there isn’t a certain type of power that comes with people admiring your face. But that’s not something that gets me off,” she says. “I like being Female Athlete of the Year. I like getting 4.0s for a straight year. I like knowing that I write my own songs. I like knowing that I create my own treatments. I like knowing that I donated $150,000 to Black Lives Matter.” It’s why she’s naming her first studio album, out this spring, Pretty Bitch Music. “It’s my way of taking back all those years where I feel I had to dim my light,” she says.

Cosmo was also super generous with the photo drop, so we have much to look at AND plenty to read. Happy Thursday!

[Photos by Dennis Leupold for Cosmo; the April 2021 issue is available on newsstands and digitally on March 30]