Eleanor Jackson of La Roux is in the September issue of Paper magazine dishing on her style, music and Lady GaGa.
Here's what the Bulletproof singer had to say:
On writing her debut album with partner Ben Langmaid during a traumatic relationship:
"When I was making it, there were literally a handful of times that I'd turn up to Ben's, slump down on the floor and just cry…When you really, really love someone and you just can't make them love you back…Everyone knows the feeling. Apart from death, it's one of the hardest things in life to deal with."
On her androgynous sense of style:
"I remember people saying, 'One day you'll wear high heels.' Well no, I fucking won't. It's such a cliché to say, but it's just who I am. It's never going to be a different way."
On having moved on from her former 80's-inspired 'look:
"When we made the record, I was basically dressed '80s. I wore loads of leggings — not like Flashdance, you understand — and loads of patterns that didn't work together. Like the outfit in the 'Bulletproof' video. I don't like that video now. I don't like those clothes now, either. I would never wear any of those clothes, ever."
On androgyny representing an alternative to the way other female pop stars promote themselves:
"It's really important for young girls because there isn't anything else. If you're not into that very exposed female look, what else is there? Apart from looking up to boys, which is what I did. I was always looking up to men, which is probably why I was all weird."
On using Gaga as a model for American success:
"When Lady Gaga's 'Just Dance' came out, I was totally unaware that performance art was going to be her vibe. Knowing what I know now, I think she always had this in mind but she didn't have the money to do it. You have to build up this country's trust and the industry's trust, and there's no way she would have been able to do anything weird straight away because everyone would have just told her to fuck off. I'm having that problem now. You have to build up people's trust, and then you can get away with whatever you want."
We think she has a great sense of style!
Besides she must be doing something right if designers Viktor & Rolf specifically chose her to open their men's runway show.
Do you, La Roux!
[Images courtesy of Paper Magazine.]
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