Tinashe, still recording tracks for her long-in-the-works sophomore effort JOYRIDE, was made the cover star for Galore Magazine’s Summer ’17 “Sisterhood Of Sound” issue.
In her interview, Tinashe speaks on her dating life (it’s essentially nonexistent, and she hasn’t had a boyfriend in a half-decade), sexism in her field of work, and much more. Some choice quotes:
Words from Madge
Recently I met Madonna at an Alexander Wang party and she told me, “Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone in the industry,” which I think is amazing advice coming from Madonna. Because it’s so true that as a woman there is so much competition placed on us, that we start to think about ourselves in that way and we start to judge ourselves and really pit ourselves against other female artists, because that’s what society will do to us. She said, “Don’t compare yourself to any other artist and don’t take shit from anybody.” And I was like, “Yes, Madonna, I won’t.”
The most blatant sexism I received was more toward the beginning of my career when people thought of me more as a cute girl who got a deal who didn’t necessarily earn her place here. It was an attitude of, “okay, this girl is hot,” and a lot of people just really objectifying me in studio situations when I’m trying to make a song with a producer or writer.
Especially because I was only like 18, 19 at the time, there were a lot of older guys seemingly more interested in the physical aspect or the sexual aspect of potentially working with me rather than making a good song. Which is obviously frustrating and a little bit upsetting. But as I gained respect as a songwriter, [and] as someone who deserves to be here, it happens to me less. At least to my face.
The entire interview can be read at Galore’s e-home now.