Another wicked performer and fashion icon involved with the WOW Women of the World festival was VV Brown. In a mini chat backstage, we talked feminism, female popstars and fashion with the outspoken performer.
Grazia Daily: Hello VV! How are you? How did you get involved with WOW?
VVBrown: I just got a call from the EQUALS coalition of charities and I jumped at the chance. I think International Women’s Day is very important and it’s really empowering. My own experience of feminism goes straight back to my family, where I was raised by some very strong women. My mum, for example, was the first ever black woman to win “Businesswoman of the Year” in 1999 – and my Grandma went to University to study law aged 70! So I had those as an example to me.
GD: You’ve always been a singer and a performer, but your success didn’t come instantly. Have you experienced sexism coming up through the music industry?
VVB: And now! I’m still coming up now! No, I wouldn’t say the industry is harder for girls – after all, look at all the brilliant female popstars around at the moment; Florence, Lady Gaga – female singers are all over the place at the moment, and dare I say it, there are more successful female singers than there are male at the moment!
What I think is the problem is when there is so much pressure on people to look a certain way, or when all the emphasis is on the way they look, rather than their work. I mean,
GD: In terms of women's rights, if you could achieve change in just one area, what would it be?
VVB: Well, it’s so hard to say one thing. There’s a real split between our society and then the developing world. For example, in countries like
GD: Are you going to be doing any more modeling, VV?
VVB: Yes, I am going to work with M&S again. I took the job with them as I feel a responsibility to all the little black girls out there watching telly, so they will see me and get to see a black girl modeling the clothes. Also – it is a really fun job. The people who work for M&S and the crew of those ads are like the nicest people in the world and I get to travel to cool locations like
GD: What else are you up to this year?
VVB: I’ve made a new album which will be out in the summer and I’ve also written a book. It’s a graphic novel and we’re going to go to a sci-fi comic festival in May to promote it!
GD: One of those big conventions where everyone dresses up as their favourite comic-book character?
VVB: Yep that’s right.
GD: We weren’t expecting you to say that – that’s very cool indeed! Thank you so much for talking to us VV, and good luck with all your projects!
- Naomi Attwood