​fka twigs: voguing helped me embrace my female energy

The singer credits vogue ball legend Jamel Prodigy with teaching her how to embrace her femininity, which she has named Melissa.

by Charlotte Gush and i-D Staff
03 June 2015, 12:33pm

"LOOK at my face, LOOK at my face, LOOK at my face" - this is the effect vogueing has, according to FKA Twigs' recent interview with Complex. The movements of the famous ballroom art form say, "Look at how powerful I am, look at how beautiful I am, look at how confident I am," the singer and dancer explains, adding that voguer Jamel Prodigy and the other ballroom dancers she has been working with taught her, "to embrace parts of my femininity that I wasn't in touch with before".

"Voguing has helped me grow into the best young lady that I can be at this time," Twigs says, revealing that she given her newly embraced "personal female energy" a name: Melissa, which will also be the title of her upcoming EP. Similarly to Beyoncé's Sasha Fierce, Twigs clarifies that Melissa is "not a weird alter ego", explaining that, "It's just my way of separating it from myself".

Before making her name as a singer, FKA Twigs was a backup dancer and has long been embedded in dance communities. She's performed with London krump family Wet Wipez on stage and namechecked them in the video for her unlikely collaboration with Google Glass.

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