Dua Lipa on Sexism In Music Industry: 'For a Female Artist, It Takes a Lot More to Be Taken Seriously'

Dua Lipa
Markus Pritzi

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa has never shied away from putting women and feminism at the center of her art.

Her beautifully directed videos, like those for "New Rules" and "IDGAF," often feature a supportive girl gang clad in coordinating outfits. Now, ahead of her second album, the star has shared her thoughts on sexism and #MeToo in the May 2018 issue of British GQ.

The 22-year-old -- who once told Glamour that the future of pop music is female -- discussed with GQ how music by women is often received much differently from music by men. "For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know?" she told GQ.

"For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured," she continued. 

Lipa also chimed in on sexual harassment and situated it in the context of a patriarchal culture. "It’s been ingrained in our heads that boys will be boys and its harmless fun and no big deal and to brush things off," she said in the interview. 

Although Lipa says she hasn’t been affected herself, she finds #MeToo important. "For lots of females, be it actresses, singers, models, no matter what it is, it’s not being able to have the right to dress and wear how and what you want and be taken seriously," she said.