When she first stepped on the scene, Estelle was a breath of fresh air. She’s recently come back into the limelight with her new album “All of Me” (available Feb. 28) and we know it’s worth a listen. Her rich voice mixed with her confident stage presence propelled the winter 2008 anthem “American Boy” straight onto the charts and into our iPods. Since her album debut Shine, Estelle has proven she is a bona fide British artist that the States seem to love. If you’re wondering why we claim this London lyricist as a Liberette, let us enlighten you.
SHE SINGS A STORY: Estelle’s songs give you imagery that lets you daydream the way music is supposed to. Unlike many female artists out there, Estelle actually paints a picture with her words and avoids the trivial things like name-dropping designer labels and luxe venues. There is no fuzzy barrier of irrelevance between the lyrics and the listener’s approval.
THE GIRL CAN ROCK A PIXIE CUT: Estelle proves her confidence by being one of the only female artists embracing a short cut. Estelle’s a source of inspiration when girls head to the salon to cut their tresses into something short and sweet. Did we mention she often styles her own hair? And what’s more—she rocks anything from a bob to an asymmetrical cut with perfection.
WE WANT HER CLOSET: From skin-tight Alberto Makali mini dresses to floor-sweeping and flowy Louis Vuitton numbers, Estelle keeps a style that both plays with sex appeal while maintaining class. No matter the occasion, Estelle seems to effortlessly pull off dazzling and admirable ensembles.
SHE CAN RAP, TOO: Watch out, boys! Though the singer has a great set of pipes, she’s not shy to the mic in a freestyle battle. Estelle proves she can sing with the ladies and flow with the boys in her recent freestyle during The Cypher, a showcase featured in BET’s annual Hip Hop Awards. While she’s on the mic, her swagger is not to be underestimated by those long, girly eyelashes and sky-high heels.
SHE KEEPS OUR ATTENTION: Though she isn’t cranking out singles every season, Estelle has stayed on our playlists and in rotation during anything from road trips to house parties. Her image, music and overall awesomeness has solidified her in a group of female artists that prove to make the masses listen and love.