The Elle US May 2011 Women In Music issue features Gwen Stefani, Willow Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Adele, Feist, Florence Welch, Aretha Franklin, Hillary Scott, Robyn, and Stevie Nicks, cover image by Dusan Reljin. Gwen Stefani is wearing a Givenchy dress on the cover.
On performing while pregnant: “It was horrible. Certain songs would make me want to puke. You feel pretty gross when you are first pregnant. You don’t feel cute, you feel disgusting. You’re getting fat. It was hard. I mean, I’m very vain. That would be my middle name. Of course I am, you know what I mean? I love the visual.”
On the love songs written about her ex: “We’re not on great enough terms for me to say, ‘Oh, have you heard my record? It’s number one; did you know?”
On being a rapper: “I always wanted to play with the boys. I didn’t want to be a pawn in their game or have a sidekick role. I wanted to be more of a lead character – a superhero.”
On her full length album: “It’s going to be a party beat. I think you’re gonna like it!
On wanting to take a break after the success of her song “1234”: “I was ready to take 10, 20 years off.”
On Lady Antebellum’s songs: “There aren’t a ton of people in this country who will understand songs about riding a tractor through a pasture. But when it comes to falling in love and out of love and getting your heart broken, there’s no way you can’t understand what the song’s about.”
On creating her latest album, Body Talk: “At first it was a way of having more fun. Then it started to influence how I communicated with my fans—how to bring new music into a live set throughout the whole year.”
On performing in gay clubs when she was younger: “In high school I was like, ‘Well, these are drag queens lip-synching, and I can really sing; why can’t I go up there?’ I would win all the talent shows.”
On her music: “What I always wanted was to affect people. Especially women in rock ‘n’ roll and what they could write about. We are a force of nature.”
On performing at the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards: “It was my intro to America. And they could have sent me packing if it hadn’t gone so well.”
On wardrobe options for her tour: “I am going to rock this [size] 16. Sixteen probably sounds large to girls who wear 10s and 12s, but I love it, because it looks good on me.”
On Adele – Model dress, Burberry London, $795, visitburberry.com. Gunmetal, sterling silver, and pavé necklace, Eddie Borgo, $1,187.
On Nicki Minaj – Knit minidress, Mark Fast, $1,595, at Curve, NYC and L.A. Elastane bodysuit, Maison Martin Margiela, $310. Suede wedge boots, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, $1,100.
On Willow Smith – Clothes and shoes, custom-made for Smith.
On Feist – Viscose jacket, Stella McCartney, $1,755, at Stella McCartney, NYC. Chiffon blouse, Jill Stuart, $348.
On Hillary Scott – Lambskin jacket, Chanel, price on request, at select Chanel boutiques nationwide. Cotton T-shirt, Armani Exchange, $25. Jegging, 7 For All Mankind, $149. Gold padlock necklaces (around wrist), Eddie Borgo, $365 each. Metal and enamel bracelet, Chanel, price on request. Studded leather boots, Azzedine Alaïa, $1,665.
On Robyn – Baroque-motif dress, Prada, $1,535, at select Prada boutiques nationwide.
On Jennifer Hudson – Beaded silk dress, Diane von Furstenberg, $950, visit dvf.com. Stretch slip, Spanx, $72. Gold and diamond bangles, Roberto Coin, prices on request.
On Florence Welch – Silk bodysuit, price on request, silk monogram skirt, $2,435, both, Louis Vuitton, at select Louis Vuitton locations. Silk-trim cotton crepe bra, $124, panty, $80, both, Araks. Vintage earrings, House of Lavande, $598. Bronze bracelet with mother-of-pearl, red jasper, and smoky quartz, Stephen Dweck, price on request.
Image credit Elle Magazine