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Charli XCX: 'Female success is always questioned'

Published 26/04/2016

Charli XCX
Charli XCX

Charli XCX doesn't want her proteges to be vanilla and boring.

Charli XCX is sick of the negative connotations that come with being a successful female.

The 23-year-old singer is paving the way for fellow women in the music industry, and as well as churning out hit records, she also writes for other artists and has her own label, Vroom Vroom Recordings. If that wasn't enough, Charlie designs clothes for and is the face of Make Up For Ever's new eyeliner collection.

“When it comes to being a successful woman, there always seems to be a question. ‘Why are you successful? Is it because you’re a b**ch?’ There always seems to be a negative connotation,” she huffed to Britain’s Metro newspaper.

“There are only a few female execs at record companies. There are a lot of great female songwriters and producers, but they’re definitely a minority, especially on the business side.”

Luckily Charli isn’t planning on fading into the background, and wants to retain her position at the top of the charts as well as becoming a voice for other women.

One of the things that sets her apart is her insistence on being true to herself. Charli is a big fan of authentic rock stars, and is starting to feel the loss of some of music’s biggest names.

“I’ve never tried to be anything that I’m not and sometimes that gets me into trouble with things I say because I’m outspoken,” she said. “I grew up wanting my rock stars and musicians to be rock stars and musicians, not super tame and vanilla. I like true artists and it’s sad that we’ve lost so many icons this year – Prince and Bowie, they were kick-a**.”

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