The British musician called FKA Twigs caught the eye of the fashion world from her very first magazine shoot - the cover of i-D's pre-fall 2012 issue, which featured the word love spelled out across her forehead in baby hairs. With a distinct fashion sense and heart-shaped face, Twigs became an instant style icon. But what has earned the self-determined, strong 26-year-old a growing cadre of devotees is her unique, intimate music, which mixes up elements of R&B, hip-hop, and British dance styles for a new kind of avant-garde pop. As a producer and singer, she is a lesson in contrast - her high-register voice is silken among her grating beats, and she is unafraid to tinker with the thin line between pleasure and pain, both lyrically and visually.
Twigs (born Tahliah Barnett in Gloucestershire) spent much of her life as a professional dancer (ballet; tap; back-up), and her videos (all of which she’s either directed or co-directed) often feature her interpretive skills. Her background in dance also makes her perfect for high-fashion photography; in her new spread by Inez + Vinoodh for the cover of Dazed & Confused, she's giving angles that would make Tyra weep. But don't let her musical and physical intensity fool you - Twigs is as chill as can be. "Someone asked me yesterday, 'Do you meditate?' No, I don't meditate! I watch trash TV when I get out of the studio," she laughs. "It's really easy to project this whole ideology of what being an artiste is, and I'm just not down with intellectualizing it. I just think, if you feel like doing something, then do it."