While other artists worry about what people will think of them, Charli XCX speaks off the cuff, with the laidback confidence of a young woman who is equal parts songwriter, party girl, and performer. When she talks about how she used to want to be a rapper, it’s with the same sincerity and humor as when she mentions embarrassing herself in front of Baby Spice. There isn’t a different person waiting to be unearthed behind her trademark black eyeliner (although we do learn the secret behind it); With Charli XCX what you see is what you get, and that might make her the perfect pop star.
Makeup by Sonia Bhogal using MAC Pro
Photographed by Kate Cox