“I was looking at Sovereigns and definitely inspired by that whole old school 90s vibe,” she says. “And just being comfortable and it not being over-sexualised.” Since starting out in the music industry a decade ago she says, “I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin. I’m definitely more eccentric when it comes to trying on different looks. My style icon is someone like Freddie Mercury, I just like people who aren’t afraid to make a statement.”
Power dressing on the red carpet has a renewed significance now, too, in an era of movements such as Me Too and Time’s Up. The Brit star fastened a single white rose onto her gown as a symbol of solidarity with victims of abuse at the 2018 Grammy’s. The focus has changed somewhat in a post-Weinstein Hollywood.
How does it feel to be a woman in the public eye right now, I ask. “It’s powerful to have an opinion right now,” she says. “I think it’s the first time in the music industry [and] I love that young girls who have just started in the industry are supporting it. I think it’s such a beautiful thing – it’s so cool seeing people coming together and supporting something that should have happened a long time ago. It’s going to be a moment we remember for a long time.”