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FKA twigs on the cover of The Face, Spring 2021.

FKA twigs on the cover of The Face, Spring 2021.

FKA twigs covers the Spring 2021 issue of The Face magazine, as photographed by Charlotte Wales, and styled by Matthew Josephs - with the cover shoot accompanied by an interview with Michaela Coel.

In the interview, twigs says movingly to Coel: "I was speaking to my manager today, just about this new year. I said to him something that sounds like it should be a rap song. I was like: ​“I don’t want to survive anymore, I want to thrive.” I think this year I want to thrive in what I’m trying to create for myself and create in my creative family. I don’t wanna feel like I’m constantly the only Black girl in the village, trying to prove herself or make something of herself. I don’t really think people are ready to have the mixed-race conversation yet, but it’s coming. Maybe it’s not time, there’s a lot of stuff going on. I’m never trying to take up space with any of my opinions."

And explains further: "It’s funny because we talk about Black excellence, which is an overall thing that we’ve all experienced, which is that to be acknowledged within the white community, you have to be 100 times better than your peers and do so, so well. So there’s that thing of why I think I’m so neurotic about music and dance moves and skills and craft. It’s because, for me to be acknowledged amongst my peers because of the colour of my skin, I feel like I have to be 10 times better than the white, blonde girl sitting next to me. I could never get away with just standing up and singing in front of a microphone – like, ​“Are you mad? Strumming a couple of cute chords on a guitar – are you MAD?” That would never cut it. I have to be pole dancing, upside down, swinging a sword, directing, producing, AAHHH! Do you know what I mean?"

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