THE GIRLPOWER ISSUE

COCOROSIE ON MYSTERY, FATE AND CREATING THEIR UNIQUE SOUND – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“Mystery, fate...” was what prompted Bianca “Coco” Casady to reunite with sister Sierra “Rosie” Casady in 2003 and form the avant-garde experimental “freak folk” group CocoRosie. They create songs that challenge one’s notion of every musical convention under the sun, just as their ethos challenges every beauty ideal, merging genders, generations and genres. Born into…

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CAMREN BICONDOVA ON HOW SHE DANCED HER WAY INTO THE WORLD OF TV – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“It doesn’t feel like work. I love what I’m doing, and I think that helps me get through it because it’s fun.” -Camren Bicondova Such is the mentality that pushes sixteen-year-old Camren Bicondova through a grueling schedule in a career that’s only just begun. The actress honed her skills on the stage as a professional…

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YELLE’S JULIE BUDET ON EXPLORING SEX THROUGH SONG – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“It’s a connection,” explains Julie Budet, face of the French electro-pop group Yelle. “Mean what you sing, and I think people can see it, even if they don’t understand the lyrics.” The origin of the name Yelle is an acronym of YEL, “You Enjoy Life.” And perhaps that is the key to Yelle’s continued success…

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DEAD SARA ON ROCK N’ ROLL SISTERHOOD AND CREATING THEIR OWN LABEL – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“Practice your ass off and be better than most, and be remembered as a talented artist who has something to prove or give to the world.” -Dead Sara Emily Armstrong, lead singer of hard rock band Dead Sara, doesn’t mess around. The two lead females, Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley, initially met growing up in…

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LYNN GVNN x PVRIS ON MUSIC, FIRE AND NOT CONFORMING – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“If I ever conform to that, please shoot me down.” PVRIS front-woman Lynn Gvnn isn’t interested in traditional Hollywood beauty standards. “I like to mix masculine and feminine together with everything I do. I don’t want to be too masculine or too feminine; I like to be right in the middle and have both elements…

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CLEAN BANDIT’S GRACE CHATTO ON MAKING CLASSICAL MUSIC MAINSTREAM – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

"We never intended it to be a love song originally,” says twenty-nine-year-old Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit, referring to their track, “Rather Be,” which went platinum twice and won her a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. “We kind of finished the instrumental track before we started working on the vocals. Then it became focused on…

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SINGER HANNAH COHEN ON HOW TO SPIN HEART ACHE INTO INSPIRATION – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

San Francisco native, and model turned songstress Hannah Cohen left home for New York as a teenager and rooted herself in the city’s music scene, working at the iconic Village Vanguard while becoming a muse to the art world. Growing up with a jazz musician father, music was invariably in her midst. “It was just…

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JESSE JO STARK ON BEING AN ORIGINAL – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“I don’t want to look like anybody else. I’m inspired by a lot of people, but you’ve got to make it your own, do your own thing.” -Jessie Jo Stark As if Jesse Jo Stark, the twenty-three-year-old music and fashion maven, would ever have to worry about a lack of originality having been raised in…

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JUSTINE SKYE ON GROWING UP WITH BROOKLYN MUSIC ROYALTY AND CREATING HER OWN BUZZ – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“I was in the studio recording one day and someone said ‘Yo this sounds so magical’ and I was just like yea... really does. Then they go ‘Yo! You’re like a unicorn!’ and then something just clicked in my head, yea I am a freakin’ unicorn. Unicorns are rare, unique, powerful, magical, majestic, beautiful.” The…

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ACTRESS KERRIS DORSEY ON HER ROUTE TO SUCCESS – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“I love playing Bridget on Ray Donovan because there is something special in having a character and being able to watch them evolve and to evolve alongside them and follow their story. It’s something that you don’t get to do in film, and it’s really special.” In watching Kerris evolve from child star, one could…

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LADY ADA ON BEING A PIONEERING FEMALE IN THE TECH INDUSTRY – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“There was no business plan or anything. There was no goal. I was just making all these projects and putting them on my website.” Limor Fried’s entrepreneurial seeds were unwittingly sewn when she started building and selling kits for a pre-iPod MP3 player that she engineered while she was studying at MIT. She sold them…

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