It is double trouble on V Magazine with a special double-cover issue starring singers SZA and Dua Lipa.
And that is only half the stardom featured in the publication’s annual MUSIC issue. SZA is interviewed by Jada Pinkett Smith and Lipa sits down with Katy Perry.
SZA dishes on her transformation from a shy little girl to a musician performing for countless fans. “I was awkward. I’m super sensitive, and my mother made me extra sensitive because she’s just so unapologetically loving,” she tells Smith. “I’ve realized some people don’t hug in their families, or say that they love each other all day.”
“My family tells me they love me all day; I’m hyper-affectionate, laying it on other people, just because it’s what we do in my house,” continues SZA. “But in the world, that was weird, and it was really difficult to be super sensitive and hyper-open. It was just frightening. I guess my mom represented something that made me feel weak.”
But with maturity comes clarity: “I felt like, this is why I’m hurt. When I got older, I realized, Oh s**t, the whole world is wrong and my mom is right…”
Smith chimes in, “It’s beautiful that you see the power, the feminine spirit, in your mother — in a world where the feminine is really kind of degraded, not respected in its truest form.”
On the flip side of the magazine, Lipa tells Perry how nice it is to connect with other women in the music industry.
“I did a [BBC] Radio 1 Live Lounge of my song ‘IDGAF’, and I hadn’t actually met Zara Larsson before, but I just messaged her—we’d been friends on social media—and was like, ‘Hey, do you want to come down and sing this song with me?'” she explains.
“Then I asked Charli XCX and MO and Alma, and I was like, ‘Why don’t you guys come down and sing this song with me?’ It’s nice to come together with other girls in the industry. It’s interesting to see people just hanging out. For so many years, the media has kind of pitted girls against each other.”
V Magazine‘s MUSIC ISSUE hits newsstands May 3.