class of 2016: 10 things you need to know about connie constance
Connie Constance is the future soul star who's just waiting to break out.
20-year-old Connie Constance was born in Watford, but moved to London at the age of 16 to study dance. Since then, she's taken a little left with her creative inspirations, becoming a singer and writer after hooking up with producer Blue Daisy to create swoonsome songs like the sublime Stars… Here are 10 things we all need to know about Connie…
1. Connie made Stars with Blue Daisy
"Stars is about escapism. It's about going to a place away from all the shit stuff happening in the world. I wrote it at the time I was living in London and I felt like bills were coming out of here, there and everywhere. I was like, 'Fuck this, can I can just chill? It's about that and also that it doesn't really matter, everything will change and get better. I wrote it with Blue Daisy, who I met at a party and we wrote over half of it that first night. We've been working together for over a year and a half now."
2. She moved to London at the age of 16 to study dance and became a poet
"I've written since I was quite young. I never thought I'd be able to sing and do this as a career, until I was at dance school. It was there that I realised that singing and writing was what I loved, not dance."
3. She reads "like crazy"
"I'm currently reading two books - John Lennon's Skywriting by Word of Mouth, and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. They're both completely different. My main interests are education and learning about art and music. I really want to travel too, that's something I can't wait to experience."
4. The most important people in Connie's life are her siblings
"My little sister, she's so cute she's five-years-old, she's so clever. Yesterday we hung out and built two houses and a car from our imagination. It was insane.My mum's fairly creative; she works for a charity where she has to come up with loads of ideas to raise money. My dad was a boxer. My dad's Nigerian and Jamaican and my mum's British. I think there's some Welsh or Scottish in there too."
5. She's done some crap jobs
"The one I hated the most was Hollister. Actually, working at Selfridges too because if you're a girl you have to wear heels. It was horrible. I never wear heels. I was working at the perfume bit and I had to stand there all day and no one came into my section. It was horrible but I earned a lot of money that day."
6. She's tipping three people for 2016
"Kojey Radical, Simz, obviously, and Loyle Carner."
7. Rihanna is Connie's ultimate pop icon
"I'm actually a fan, hands down I am a fan. I don't actually know what would happen to me if I ever met her."
8. She's from Watford, which is, well, average
"It's an average place. Everyone's just … average. All the schools are pretty average, some are good, some are bad. It's just the same with the area in general; super shit areas and super nice areas. Anthony Joshua went to my school though, that's my only claim to fame."
9. She once met will.i.am
"He was the first famous person I met (laughs). I was in Cirque le Soir in London and he was sitting on a table. He was like 'hey'."
10. She has blue eyebrows. Currently
"This happened this week. They're a bit bold. They may not stay blue forever."
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Text Hattie Collins
Photography Olivia Rose
Hair Jose Quijano at D+V Management using L'Oreal professional
Make-up Thom Walker using MAC
Photography assistance Rowan Hall
Styling assistance Bojana Kozarevic, Siobhan Wood, Issy Martin
Hair assistance Nicola Harrowell-Browne
Make-up assistance Famida Ayub, Ruth Coutinho