Gwen Stefani covers the January issue of Vogue Mag, and OMG this cover. The Photoshop on Gwen’s head/hat and the Vogue logo is ridiculous. Surely they could have chosen a better photo for THE COVER?! Surely they could have used a photo in which poor Gwen doesn’t have her legs spread? Yikes. This is a disaster. As for the article… it’s interesting. The piece is heavy on the No Doubt. Obviously, because of their new album, and it’s nice that all of the No Doubt guys are quoted throughout the piece (there’s a nice story about how the dudes are grateful that Gwen keeps them acting like gentlemen). You can read the full piece here, and you can see the pictorial here. Some highlights:
On ‘having it all’ worries: “Getting to the studio and not being able to make it happen, but missing out on being at home, missing out on putting the kids down. What’s more important? I felt so guilty. I am letting everyone down in the studio right now; I’m letting down my kids; I’m letting down myself. Because time was so precious. So I didn’t know what the album’s tone would end up being in that kind of state, but it’s really upbeat considering.”
Being with Gavin for 16 years: “It’s pride. You feel proud. There are just so many rewards that come with it. You have to work at it. But, actually, it’s fun to get to this point. Because you learn so much about somebody. It’s like these wars that go on and then you kind of get through it to the other side, and it’s like, Wow. And obviously, you get stronger. And then having kids takes the whole relationship to another place. It is the ultimate collaboration. Both of us have such strong opinions about how it should be, and it’s really fun to do it together.”
Gavin is more of genuine artist: “He’s the busiest person I know, always songwriting,” she says. Stefani is a tortured writer, always procrastinating. “Gavin says, ‘Oh, you’re doing your thing that you do,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t have a thing. It’s just hard: writing it, recording it, finishing it. I am not like Prince, where it just flows out and God comes through me.’ I never write unless I have to. Gavin does. All the time. He’s more of a genuine artist in that way.”
On motherhood: “It’s superfun being a mom, but it’s not what you think it’s going to be. And it’s really gradual. At first, your life is totally the same. You have this cute little thing that you get to drive around everywhere and you’re so proud and it’s amazing. And as they grow older, it really does start to change your life. Like, Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read.”
Ha, I laughed at her quote about her kids – “Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read.” I mean, she could get slammed for saying something so ditzy, but I understand what she’s saying. She’s more focused on the present, and the way her kids are getting older has kind of snuck up on her. It’s sweet. Also: Gwen doesn’t say anything about the rumors about her marriage troubles (she just says nice stuff about Gavin overall), nor does she say anything specifically about the Native American drama with No Doubt’s last music video, although the Vogue writer (Jonathan Van Meter) does discuss it.
Photos courtesy of Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE.