FKA Twigs Refuses to Use to the Word ‘Fans’

FKA twigs believes that the people who appreciate her art deserve a better title than a word synonymous with a ceiling appliance.

The enigmatic artist stands boldly on the cover of ELLE magazine’s August issue, inside discussing her music and why she refuses to use the word “fan.” FKA twigs says that the word is “derogative” and opts to call them “people who like my music” or “people interested in me as an artist.”

“They don’t influence what I make,” she says, “But they have a role in us all coming together and creating something genuine.”

Despite her high-profile relationship with Robert Pattinson, FKA twigs says that being in the public eye is “so weird.”

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CREDIT: Paola Kudacki for ELLE

“People want to shame you. It’s not a celebration of a talent,” she says, reminiscing on the days before social media when Josephine Baker could dance on tables all night, then “go out for vegetables in her T-shirt” the next day and not have it all documented.

To read the rest of FKA twigs’ interview, pick up her issue of ELLE when it hits newsstands in selects cities starting July 12, 2016, and nationwide July 19.

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CREDIT: Paola Kudacki for ELLE