Raveena Aurora Is Using Her Artistry to Hold Space For Women Of Color In Music

Raveena Aurora Is Using Her Artistry to Hold Space For Women Of Color In Music

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Raveena Aurora Is Using Her Artistry to Hold Space For Women Of Color In Music

The LA-based songstress gets candid discussing misogyny in the music industry, her early musical influences, and how she's bringing Bollywood flair to R&B.

The LA-based songstress gets candid discussing misogyny in the music industry, her early musical influences, and how she's bringing Bollywood flair to R&B.

Photography: Zoey Grossman

Styling: Anna Trevelyan

Text: Czar Van Gaal

26-year-old celestial singer Raveena Aurora packs a mighty punch and isn’t afraid to strike. Putting that ethos to the test daily, Aurora is determined to dismantle the misogynistic system by not only holding space for herself in this male-dominated industry, but also for other women of color as well.

“In the [music] industry, women are told ‘just let the men handle it’ or that we shouldn’t have agency,”she says. “But now is the time for reclaiming that power.” Fresh off of the release of her psychedelic, ‘90s R&B-infused single “Tweety,” the L.A.-based lyrical innovator is cultivating a distinctive sound that synergizes the early influences of American R&B that she heard on the airwaves with the symphonic spiritual nature of the Bollywood music she was raised on. “[I am] experimenting with genres that I’ve always listened to but didn’t understand how to incorporate into my music yet,” Aurora explains. “Those R&B influences and also my Indian background, more and more, are starting to make their way into my music.” Now more in tune with her artistry than ever after utilizing the pandemic as a period for introspection, Aurora is ready to take the industry by storm...but all on her own terms.

Credits: MAKEUP HOLLY SILIUS (R3 MGMT), HAIR DENNIS GOTS (THE WALL GRUP), MANICURE YOKO SAKAKURA (A-FRAME AGENCY), SET DESIGN DANIELLE VON BRAUN (ART DEPARTMENT), PRODUCER JORDAN METZ (ART DEPARTMENT), ON-SET PRODUCER ABBY GELSOMINO, DIGITAL TECHNICIAN EVAN STRANG, PHOTO ASSISTANTS GREGORY BROUILLETTE, KENNY CASTRO, STYLIST ASSISTANT SAM KNOLL, MADISON MARTIN MAKEUP ASSISTANT BAILEE WOLFSON HAIR ASSISTANT JESSICA MILLER PRODUCTION ASSISTANT KELLY WUNDSAM, RETOUCHING DTOUCH CREATIVE LOCATION MILK STUDIO L.A.

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