HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale was recently interviewed on the El Paso, Texas radio station KLAQ. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked if she has ever had any issues with being voted Revolver magazine’s “Hottest Chick In Rock” — which some people feel encourages the objectification of women in music — Lzzy responded: “You know, I think it’s a personal preference. For me, personally, I’ve never… obviously, I’ve never really had a problem with the sex-and-rock-and-roll thing; it’s been going on forever, and I think that they kind of go hand in hand. So it really doesn’t bother me. But, to me, it is kind of funny how, I think… What’s it been? Like, three times in a row, I’m probably the only one that’s fully clothed in that article. So I think that’s kind of funny — that I’ve been on the cover of that a couple of times, and I don’t necessarily have double Ds to whip out whenever I want to. So, to me, I don’t know… To me, it’s cool. And just for my own mind, as long as you’ve got something to back it up and you’re actually doing some stuff with your life besides taking off your clothes for magazines, I think that’s cool. I do know a lot of girls that are very, very against that. Again, I think it’s a balance, and that’s, you know, your personal thing.”
Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that she believes it can be too easy sometimes for female musicians to rely solely on their looks. “Actually, I’ve been encouraging a lot of people to challenge us, and make sure that when you’re reading these articles or you’re seeing us in magazines or something, that you go and you check us out live, or you go and you sample a CD, something like that,” she said. “If people start doing that and don’t just look at us because we’re a quote-unquote pretty face, or scantily clad — I think if more people were looking beyond that, it would make us step up a little bit.”
Hale also said that she was pleased to see the percentage of females in HALESTORM‘s audience growing, explaining, “I see all of these girls who are not there because their boyfriends dragged them along, you know? They’re very empowered, a little crazy like me, and it’s wonderful to be in a room like that because when we first started out there weren’t a whole lot of girls at the rock shows unless you count the girlfriends of somebody in the band.”
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