Feministing Jamz: New stuff from FKA twigs

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

You might recognize FKA twigs from our Best Feminist Music Videos of 2013, or just from the fact that she’s been blowing up all over the place with her haunting tracks, smart musings, and on point style. She recently announced that she’s coming out with a full length album, LP1, after two incredibly well-received EPs, and today she premiered a brand-new video along with an awesome cover story for the folks over at Dazed.

Profile shot of twigs, hair up in a huge ponytail with babyhair beautifully styled in curlycues. She's wearing a fur and gesturing with her hands

(Photo credit: Dazed)

The singer, songwriter, producer, dancer — and all around heavy-hitting artist — creates strong visual components to go with her tracks, a lot of which play with gender, standards of beauty, and sexuality in really interesting and always visually stunning ways. In the Dazed cover story, twigs talks, among other things, about her artistic process, being a child weirdo, and her experience growing up as a mixed-race girl:

She was the only mixed-race girl in her Catholic school. “Obviously it was hard,” she remembers. “People said horrible things about something I had no control of, which was tough. But that’s okay. Life isn’t supposed to be easy, is it? I never really saw anything wrong with how I looked, it was more that certain people pointed things out to you about yourself. Either your hair’s different, or the colour of your skin, or your features. Half of my life I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m funny-looking and ugly. The other half of my life 
I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m fascinating. Everything neutralises. It’s more of a statement on society and how weird it is.”

Make sure to check out the whole cover story, gorgeous photos, and new video here!

1bfea3e7449eff65a94e2e55a8b7acda-bpfullVerónica is so excited for twigs’ new album!

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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