Dua Lipa wants to set some new rules in the music industry.
The 22-year-old songstress has taken the world by storm with her hit debut eponymous album, that perched multiple number one singles. While the burgeoning superstar’s time in the spotlight has been bold but brief, Lipa has already pinpointed an inequality embedded in the music industry.
“For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know?” she recently told British GQ. “For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.”
Lipa understands the stigma all too well—while she does not play any instruments on her album of pop hits, the star is a credited writer on all but two of the twelve tracks.
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Dua went on to tell GQ how important the #MeToo movement had been for women in the entertainment industry.
“Even from school, growing up with kiss chase or whatever, it’s been ingrained in our heads that boys will be boys and its harmless fun and no big deal and to brush things off,” she said.
“Like catcalling. To some it might not seem a lot, but it affects your mood, people get embarrassed about the way they dress.
“For lots of females, be it actresses, singers, models, no matter what it is, it’s not being able to have the right to dress and wear how and what you want and be taken seriously.”
The star added she was currently working on her second album.
“It’s very much dance crying,” she said. “It is a pop album that you’re going to be able to dance to, but a lot of the songs are sad.”