The ‘Levitating’ hitmaker has insisted it’s her ''hardworking and driven'' nature that has caused her music career to be so successful, as she hit out at those who believe being ''pretty or beautiful'' is the only reason for her fame.
''I’ve never really seen being pretty or beautiful as some kind of power. It's never been something I identify with. I feel like I was a little bit short-changed in a way [by the question] because I don't feel like I've gotten to where I am cause of that. I'm extremely hardworking and driven, and I feel like that's the reason why I got to where I am, through my hard work and drive. I just wanted to make it clear because it has been playing on my mind,'' she told Rolling Stone magazine.
She recently shared her thoughts on sexism in the music industry saying female musicians face "so much more criticism" than their male counterparts.
''As a female artist, especially in the pop genre, people immediately think you’re manufactured, no one believes that you write these songs yourself. We're met with so much more criticism in terms of like what we wear, what we're doing, what the performance looks like, how you're dancing, how you're singing if we're singing."
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Compiled by Ayanda Mgcina