Kelela Is Electronica’s Cool Girl

Kelela Is Electronica’s Cool Girl

The rising music sensation is straddling the divide between r&B and electronica.

The rising music sensation is straddling the divide between r&B and electronica.

Photography: Luke Gilford

Styling: Kyle Luu

Text: Devin Barrett

A version of this spread appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of the issue today at shop.vmagazine.com

“The priority for me is that there’s a safe space created through the music. I just really like providing people with an intimate way to experience music with others—to connect on the dance floor in the club on a real level in a meaningful way. It’s not mindless."

"I think the biggest challenge in the industry is quality control, as well as making sure that excellent contributions are acknowledged properly—especially for black people. The contribution that black people have brought to the music industry doesn’t match up with the accolades, or the credit and recognition. In music specifically, it’s so lopsided. We’re talking about music that’s sort of an experience, and comes through an experience, that can actually get ignored. So, the valuing of black work without valuing black people is the thing that I want to change.”

KELELA WEARS JACKET AND PANTS DIOR HOMME, EARRING BALENCIAGA, NECKLACE BULGARI, ON LIPS DIOR ROUGE DIOR COUTURE COLOUR IN 990 CHOCOLATE MATTE, ON EYES DIOR DIORSHOW PUMP N' VOLUME MASCARA
Credits: Makeup  Ralph Sicilliano (The Wall Group) using mac cosmetics HAIR Ward (The Wall Group) Set Designer  Lauren Nikrooz (the magnet agency) Photo Assistants  Jason Acton, John Griffith Set Designer Assistant  Alvin Manalo Location  Pier 59 Studios NYC

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