From a torch-singing teen to an R&B queen, a hit-making club kid to a history-making trio, ELLE highlights some of the year’s most inspiring women in music in the June issue. Last week, ELLE gave a sneak preview of cover star Taylor Swift’s interview and is now revealing a look at the Women in Music portfolio featuring Charli XCX, Echosmith, Ella Henderson, Halsey, Muddy Magnolias, Sleater-Kinney, and Tinashe.
ELLE Editor-in-Chief, Robbie Myers, will host the magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Music concert in Los Angeles on May 20th to celebrate the issue. The event, presented by eBay, will include performances from Alanis Morissette, Banks, and Tinashe.
The Reigning Club Queen: Charli XCX
On fighting for her ideas and voice to be heard:
From the moment I stepped into this industry, I’ve always had to fight for my ideas and for my voice to be heard. When I got signed, I had just turned 16. I felt like I had to continuously have these confrontations with older men who were doubting my ideas because I was a woman, because I was 16. I actually think it doesn’t even matter what age you are or what sex—though that does play into it sometimes—you always have to fight in any kind of creative world because nobody knows your own brain and your own creative ideas better than you do.
The Electro Emoter: Halsey
On why she’s so open and honest in her music:
“The reason I’m so honest and open in my music is because it doesn’t leave me room to fail. It’s something my fans likely already expect. They know what they’ve signed up for.
The R&B Renegade: Tinashe
On her eruptive music video for “All Hands on Deck”:
“I wanted it to be like a movie, when they go to the club and have an epic dance battle. That’s what I was feeling.”
On working with producer Markus Davis on her new album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful:
“Markus really encouraged me to be more vulnerable. I like hiding behind things—metaphor, reverb, extra vocals—and he just wouldn’t let me do that. The lyrics were more direct, so the music simplified along with that.”