Gwen Stefani has appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Paper magazine, and looks flawless in a range of different glossy lineups for the fashion title.
But it’s not all about the glamor as in the accompanying interview, the No Doubt star is quizzed on some interesting topics related to her political beliefs, feminism and the cultural appropriation criticism she received for the ‘Harajuku Girls’ era of her solo career.
Gwen, 51, dazzles on the front and models a form-fitting striped T-shirt adorned with her last name ‘Stefani’ on the chest, easily giving off some major Debbie Harry vibes.
Since the Don’t Speak singer is engaged to country singer Blake Shelton, many have wondered if the pair disagree on politics, assuming Shelton is a Republican given the genre of music he works in.
Cover girl: Gwen Stefani, 51, appears in the latest issue of Paper Magazine where she talks about politics, feminism and facing claims of cultural appropriation
Blake, 44, has previously said that he is “not politically adept” to support either side, but it becomes clear from this interview that Gwen sees himself as a Democrat.
‘I think it’s pretty clear who I am. I’ve always been there, ”she says. ‘I started my band because we were really influenced by ska, a movement that took place in the late’ 70s, and it was really about getting people together. ‘
“The first song I ever wrote was the song ‘Different People,’ which was on Obama’s playlist, you know, a song about everyone who is different and the same and loves each other.”
Hey Blondie: The singer seemed to be channeling her inner Debbie Harry for the fashion shoot
However, she did not want to continue, saying, ‘I am not a major in political science. I am not that person. Everyone knows that. So why should I talk about it at all? ‘
Elsewhere, Gwen pointed out the criticism she faced in her career when she faced claims of cultural appropriation surrounding her 2004 solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
She was often joined by Japanese-American backup dancers, the Harajuku Girls.
Hollaback: Elsewhere, Gwen spoke of claims of cultural appropriation when she was joined by Japanese-American backup dancers called the Harajuku Girls
Blonde Ambition: No Doubt singer Gwen showed off a few different hairstyles for the glossy spread
Stunning: In another standout post, Gwen wore a floral-themed outfit consisting of jeans and a lace crop top
Just A Girl: The singer said she had no idea what feminism meant when she released her hit single with the band No Doubt
Comedian Margaret Cho criticized Stefani and the group for reinforcing negative ethnic stereotypes of Asian women, even calling it a ‘minstrel show’.
‘I want to like them, and I want to think they are great, but I’m not sure I can. I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute at times, and I don’t want to disappoint everyone by pointing out the minstrel show, ” Cho wrote in 2005.
However, Gwen reflected in the interview, ‘If we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures, we wouldn’t have that much beauty, you know? We learn from each other, we share from each other, we grow from each other. ‘
Will there be new music coming soon? Gwen is now reportedly working on her fifth solo album and released a new single Slow Clap earlier this year
Glamrocker: She started her music career with the rock band No Doubt in 1986
Close-up: The glossy fashion spread was taken by photographer Jamie Nelson for PAPER Magazine
‘And all these rules just divide us more and more … I think we grew up in a time when we didn’t have that many rules. We didn’t have to follow a story edited for us via social media, we just had so much more freedom. ‘
Meanwhile, Gwen spoke of feminism and her hit Just A Girl: ‘I don’t even know if I knew what feminist was at the time. I was very sheltered growing up with my family. ‘
‘I was not political. I wasn’t mad … I don’t have to go on Instagram and say ‘girl power’. I just have to live and be a good person and leave a trail of greatness behind. ‘
Stop talking about it and stop trying to bully everyone about it. Just do it. And that’s how I feel like I’ve lived my life. ‘
Gwen is now reportedly working on her fifth solo album and released a new single Slow Clap earlier this year.
Opposites Attract: Many have wondered if Gwen and fiancé Blake Shelton have different political views (photo Season 17 of The Voice in 2015)