Kacey Musgraves is all about remaining authentic.
Gracing the cover of Marie Claire‘s “Women Changing the Future” 25th-anniversary issue, the new queen of country gets candid about remaining true to her music, finding self-confidence, and her love of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.
Musgraves, who shot to stardom after releasing her debut album Same Trailer Different Park in 2013, recently made waves after her latest album Golden Hour picked up four Grammys, including Album of the Year.
With four studio albums under her belt, the singer admits she’s always wanted her music to stay true to whom she is.
“From the get-go, I wasn’t going to sign a record deal unless I could completely do it on my terms,” she tells Marie Claire.
“There’ve been moments when I’ve been asked to change lyrics or to do things I wasn’t into. But I’m not going to bend in hopes that it’s going to reach more people or whatever. It’s just not worth it.”
The 31-year-old singer married singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly back in 2017 but admits it wasn’t always easy to let her walls down and be herself.
“Going through my 20s and not being in the right relationship made me put up some walls.”
Musgraves explains to the publication, “I feel more self-confident. I don’t feel daunted putting myself out there. I feel a bit of softening to myself but also to the world.”
On her love of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, the “Rainbow” singer admits: “I’ve always felt my best when I basically look like a drag queen.”
Awkwafina, Megan Rapinoe, and Lilly Singh join Musgraves to headline the magazine’s empowering issue.
The October issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands Sept. 19.