Generation V: Vol. 1

Generation V: Vol. 1

Girls are popping off. It's been the year of bangers featuring all-female lineups and positive vibes only, so we remixed the phenom with our own curated cast.

Girls are popping off. It's been the year of bangers featuring all-female lineups and positive vibes only, so we remixed the phenom with our own curated cast.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Lorenzo Posocco

Text: Jake Viswanath

This interview appears in the pages of V116, our Winter 2018 issue, hitting newsstands on November 8. Pre-order your copy of V116 at shop.vmagazine.com today! 

No musical phenomena is more powerful than the supergroup. While lone males like Drake may dominate the charts overall, girl crews—from the sugary empowerment of the Spice Girls to the pop-burlesque engineering of 2001’s “Lady Marmalade”—have made music what it is today: an increasingly matriarchal society of divas (Britney, Beyoncé, etc.) presiding over a female-driven youthquake. Case in point: the girl-pop anthems of 2018 that featured multiple artists, illustrating both an abundance of female talent and a post-#MeToo subversion of the male gaze. Inspired by this trend, we set out to dream-cast our very own V supergroup—one defined as much by talent as by chutzpah. We could think of no mix more equipped to take over in 2019 than Noah Cyrus, Allie X, and Kodie Shane.

NOAH (LEFT), ALLIE X (MIDDLE), AND KODIE (RIGHT) WEAR FENDI MANIA COLLECTION, JEWELRY THEIR OWN

NOAH CYRUS

Noah Cyrus is breaking out of her big sister Miley’s shadow by baring her soul to the public through her raw pop tunes. “Early on, [people] were thinking that I wanted to write up-tempo pop songs. That’s actually been my biggest struggle because I just want to write about my feelings,” Cyrus says, which she’s done since her first single “Make Me (Cry).” “Everybody needs a good cry sometimes. I’ve been saying that since I was a kid,” says Cyrus. And in the name of female empowerment, she also supports her friends professionally, even bringing BFF Maty Noyes with her on tour. “There’s a lot of beef with women in music and I don’t think it should be that way; we need to not turn away from each other and we need to stand together.”

ALLIE X

Allie X continues to carry the torch for the avant-garde while subtly shaping the industry as a writer and producer behind the scenes. “Once I got out of college, I realized I wasn’t meant to be in somebody else’s idea,” she recalls. “I have my own ideas and I want to see those through.” Despite the once-radical feminist messaging taking over pop, from Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” to Charli XCX, who incidentally is rumored to be working on an updated “Lady Marmalade” with Cardi B, inequality in music is arguably just as rampant today as ever: “To give women a leg up, publishers should send a list of [female] producers, even beginners, to their artists, writers, and A&Rs.”

KODIE SHANE

Kodie Shane, the only female (and queer) member of Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team, is filling multiple voids in music. “I just try to be different,” she says of her place in pop. “I gotta just stay in my own lane and don’t let nobody interfere with what I’m doing. Diddy said when you start worrying about somebody else, that’s when you mess up.” For Shane, whose album Young HeartThrob drops November 9, reform is needed at the highest levels: “For anything in the world to really get better, we need Trump out.” Shane disproves the belief that becoming a pop star requires sacrificing one’s identity when she says, “It’s always harder for a female, but I don’t let that get to me because I know that the culture needs me.”

Credits:
Makeup Homa Safar, Hair Anna Lyles (Atelier Management), Manicure Merrick Fisher (Opus Beauty) using Chanel Le Vernis, Production Kristen Terry, Anthony Cabero (Rosco Production), Digital technician Gary Hamner, Photo assistant Cory Hackbarth, Stylist assistant Abi Arcinas

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