Ahead of her visit to Scotland next month, Dua Lipa has spoken out about sexism in the music industry and the #MeToo movement.
Appearing on the cover of the new issue of GQ, the New Rules hitmaker, who was the winner of Best British Female Solo artist at this year’s Brits, discusses changing attitudes towards misogyny.
“For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know?” said the London-born pop star, who is of Kosovan background. “For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.”
The singer, who plays a massive show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday 12 April, added that she hasn’t experienced sexual harassment in the music industry herself, but stressed just how “important” the #MeToo movement is.
“You know, even from school, growing up with kiss chase or whatever, it’s been ingrained in our heads that boys will be boys and its harmless fun and no big deal and to brush things off,” she said. “Like catcalling. To some it might not seem a lot, but it affects your mood, people get embarrassed about the way they dress.
“For lots of females, be it actresses, singers, models, no matter what it is, it’s not being able to have the right to dress and wear how and what you want and be taken seriously.”
Dua Lipa’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below.
Monday 9 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 10 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Thursday 12 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Saturday 14 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sunday 15 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Tuesday 17 – BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena
Wednesday 18 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Friday 20 – LONDON Alexandra Palace