ALLEGRA talks Oscars, Kate Middleton, Dua Lipa, New Music and More...

Dance pop-sensation and 'Round & Round' singer ALLEGRA is on the rise. She gives us the lowdown on the women who inspire her, media backlash and what's on the horizon for 2024. 

ALLEGRA talks Oscars, Kate Middleton, Dua Lipa, New Music and More...

Being a woman in 2024 is a rollercoaster. On one hand, it couldn’t be a better time to be a woman in the creative industries - female artists are receiving more recognition than ever, dominating The Grammys and The Brits. As an independent artist, it was profoundly inspiring to witness Raye’s record-breaking BRITS wins and see the legendary Miley Cyrus bag her first grammy for ‘Flowers’. At The Oscars, 11 women triumphed with their first win, including Da’Vine Joy Randolph receiving Best Supporting Actress. This is just a mere few examples of women shining in the limelight. However, does this success only add fire to obligatory media backlash...? 

A story dominating our social media feeds, screens and newspaper covers is the whereabouts of Kate Middleton. Throughout her entire career, Kate has remained devoted to her royal duties and charity work and the media love to portray her as the perfect princess, wife and mother. So when Kate takes a step down, due to a huge surgery that involves months of recovery - why does an enormous tide of pressure and speculation rise? Kate has been shamed for taking time off but most importantly ridiculed. Memes left, right and centre and jokes about her appearance are simply scratching the surface. Does the media love to tear down women with any chance they get?  

Personally, it’s vital to look at the positives. There are so many influential women killing it right now and it’s creating more room for women to thrive. I love to spread self-empowerment and positivity with my music, and it’s important to keep having these conversations. Female artists are at the top of their game - Dua Lipa is delivering irresistible hits ahead of her new album ‘Radical Optimism’ (who is also headlining Glastonbury alongside my faves, SZA and Shania Twain) and I can’t stop dancing to Ariana Grande’s infectious synth-pop album ‘Eternal Sunshine’. The list could go on and on! 

Pop, in particular, is truly female-led at the moment and certainly appears to be the perfect time to release my new music, which I’ve been working on for the majority of 2023. The landscape is seemingly commanded by strong melodies and compelling rhythms, which is something I’ve been exploring more. Uplifting hits are my go-to and will never fail to boost my confidence. In terms of the parade of negativity we’re exposed to, I’ve spoken about the positive effects of going on social media breaks - its toxicity can impact us on the daily more than we’d expect. Try reducing your screen time for a few hours a week and you’ll start to notice the difference! 

I’m ready to embark on what 2024 has to offer and want to encourage women to embrace this year, whatever your passions or goals may be - let’s uplift each other and not allow negativity in the media to stop us. 

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Poppy Laine

Poppy Laine

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