Lauren Jauregui and Tierra Whack Discuss Being Inspired by Fellow Women in Music: Watch

Backstage at Billboard’s Women In Music event, Lauren Jauregui and Tierra Whack discussed how they have been inspired by fellow women in the music industry.

Jauregui shares that she has been influenced by many women in music, naming the likes of Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Janelle Monáe as key role models, calling Monáe a “huge inspiration” to her. Jauregui also mentions Hayley Kiyoko, who she presented the rising star award to that evening, adding that the singer helped her come out.

“There’s so many beautiful artists,” she continues. “Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, songwriters that have influenced my approach to music and I thank so many women and their stories. SZA, even, who’s getting honored tonight -- her storytelling is just so honest and raw.”

Tierra Whack also weighs in on how she has been influenced by women in music, as she tells Billboard that over the past few years, she has been noticing more and more women “doing their own thing.”

“Everybody’s opening up their own lane and it just makes you feel O.K. to showcase what you’ve got,” she says. “I’m so excited to just be able to be comfortable in my own skin and give what I have to the world and not feel like I have to copy to stand out or fit in. Everybody’s inspiring me to just be me.”

You can watch the interview with Lauren Jauregui above and with Tierra Whack below.

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