Jessie J covers Elle UK: ‘Sexuality shouldn’t define anyone. It doesn’t define me’

I realize that Jessie J has been around for a few years, and she’s definitely been famous in the UK for longer than she’s been known in America, but I really only began to pay attention to her this year. It was her single “Domino” that did it for me. She has a great voice, and she seems to be filling the “Madonna: The Dance Years” niche that was sorely needed when Lady Gaga got too full of herself. Jessie is only 24 years old, and she seems to be playing her fame and stardom pretty well. She doesn’t strike me as a petulant party-girl-turned-judgy-celebrity like Lily Allen, nor will Jessie follow The Adele Path (record-breaking career followed by pregnancy). I think Jessie will just continue to make decent dance/house/pop music for the next few years and then she’ll re-evaluate.

Anyway, Jessie covers the new issue of Elle UK. The cover shot is not all that cute, IMO, but I like the rest of the shoot. She has a great figure – as many of us saw during the Olympics Closing Ceremony concert, when her butt cheek was on display for several songs. Jessie talked to the magazine about her sexuality, her changing style and her possible collaboration with Stella McCartney:

She was once famous for her outrageous ensembles and crazy experimentation when it came to her hair and make-up. But after sacking her former stylist, Jessie J can usually be found wearing more sophisticated, elegant outfits, saying she had initially needed a style to catch the public’s attention. The 24-year-old singer made the admission as she posed for a stunning photoshoot in Britain’s Elle magazine.

She said: ‘That really scary, spiky, cartoony kind of thing, that was me two or three years ago. Now, I’m definitely more embracing of myself as a woman and my sexuality and just being a bit more feminine. I’ve always wanted to look like this, but it didn’t grab people’s attention. And in the beginning you’ve always got to do something that’s going to make people go, “Who’s that?” ‘

And Jessie said she is so thrilled with her new look, that she is even hoping to use her fashion sense as she embarks upon a collaboration with designer Stella McCartney.

She said: ‘I just spoke to her and we’re hopefully going to work together soon. She’s an incredible designer. There’s one playsuit, black, white gold belted. I’m definitely growing into fashion. It’s about confidence. Maybe I was a bit scared. I was a bit insecure about my body, about being too grown up. But I was a girl and now I’m a woman and I want to make sure I enjoy it.’

Jessie also spoke about her personal life, and insisted that she isn’t ‘defined’ by her sexuality and just wants to be with someone who makes her happy, whether that is a man or a woman.

She told Elle magazine: ‘It’s one of those things where they labeled me. Sexuality shouldn’t define anyone. It doesn’t define me. Love should be at the core of what you do. I’m only interested in finding love now.’

And when it comes to her relationships, Jessie said she ‘definitely’ sees marriage and children in her future.

She said: ‘I definitely want to get married and have kids and it’s just about making sure that the person who I meet and that I do that with is right for me.’

[From The Mail]

I think Jessie’s fame might be hurt in the long run because she really isn’t all that controversial. Her “hook” used to be that she dressed like a Budget Gaga. But now she’s trying to go more high-fashion and glam. Plus, in her interviews she just seems like a normal girl. She’s bright and well-spoken and not all that controversial. How will she be able to maintain the public’s interest if she’s not pulling some crazy stunt or wearing bacon on her nips?!?

Photos courtesy of Elle UK.

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    • Eve says:

      ^ I asked myself the same question.

      Must be one of those slow news days.

    • Amelia says:

      Well, I think you can already tell she’s a singer. She’s only been ‘huge’ in the UK for a couple of years now, and she was recently a judge on the UK version of The Voice but she’s been writing songs for ages now, unfortunately for idiots like Chris Brown and Look at Me Cyrus.
      She also went to the BRIT school (performing arts school) and graduated the same year as Adele and Leona Lewis.
      What I didn’t know is that she had a stroke when she was 18. And she performed at Glastonbury when she broke her foot and was hobbling about. What a trooper.

      • S.Joy says:

        She also sang before every commercial break at the 2011 VMAs…. she had a cast on her leg and was wearing a zany outfit. I love her voice!

      • V4Real says:

        I know who she is due to her song Domino. I don’t think she needs to be controversial or use gimmicks like some artist. The girl just needs to put out better music and perhaps she will stand a better chance at actually surviving in the extremely tough music industry.

  1. Bubbling says:

    uuum…with her talent and music? There are few of us left that still give a damn about that. I watch her once, her vocals are incredible! Sadly you can’t really tell from her singles, hopefully that will get better soon as she comes into her own bit more.

    • Kimlee says:

      ^. I don’t think the music she sings show off her true talent which is sad.

    • Jenna says:


      That was kinda creepy, because the exact words that rang in my brain when I read how was she to stay relevant WAS “Um, Talent?” If you are going to lurk around in my brain, the least you could do is pour some coffee across a few neurons in the back while rummaging around in there. Sorry about the mess, and avoid the memory boxes labeled “90′s” and you should be fine.

      But beyond THAT nonsense, yes, exactly. She’s got a great voice, puts on material that is steadily good, and she knows how to perform. Isn’t that enough? (I know, I know. Horrible naive. But a gal can hope and it’s only Monday, too early in the week to be totally pessimistic!)

      • Bubbling says:

        O Jenna, how I love thee for that comment!:)

      • Jenna says:

        Bubbling – I do what I can!

        Hope you have a really great Monday. As for me… off to do battle with a mountain of produce. I think I got a wee bit too fruit & veg happy today at the farmer’s markets because I’m going to be prepping until Wed.

  2. honeychurch says:

    She wrote a couple of Miley’s songs, I think. She’ll probably go back to being a songwriter once she tires of the fame game.

    Persistent UK rumours say that she’s a very, very lowkey lesbian playing the bisexuality card for now.

  3. Kim says:

    I have never heard of this person I guess I should Google her.

  4. phaksi says:

    Americans who don’t know her a missing out, she’s the real deal

  5. heatheradair says:

    She has an Anna Paquin-gone-scary-glam to me, a bit. And her pretty face can DEFINITELY sing — fun, quirky, slick production values makes her music REALLY easy to listen to…..

    I think she’ll get more recognition in the US in the next few years if she keeps up the good work….you’re right about her filling the Gaga Gap in terms of fun, guilty-pleasure dance music that gets stuck in your head……..

  6. Lizzie says:

    She played the Trinity Ball here in Dublin like 2 years ago and she got all self righteous about how people were drinking there. Was super rude and judgy. Ever since then I think she’s a big try hard.
    Also….she was super annoying at the Olympics.

  7. Joy says:

    I love her voice! Amazing and powerful, yet controlled; I hope she has a long career. Watch her live.

    You’re welcome.

  8. Mila says:

    I Love, love Jessie J. She is such an amazing singer and human being.

  9. MizzVJJ says:

    I just moved to the UK, and still I have to wonder “WHO??”

    • Veruca says:

      I just got back from the UK, so I will be envious of your ability to stay permanently.

      I love that country so much!! Have fun on my behalf, please! (And make sure you say, “Doors closing” every time you get on the elevator. I don’t feel complete without it now!)

  10. Stacia says:

    NOW…who is this person?

  11. Adrien says:

    I haven’t heard the song “Domino” but I know “Price Tag”. I don’t like saying “Who?” coz that’s what I said to the Adele, Lana del Rey, One Direction and Mumford and Sons.

  12. ms. heart says:

    G-O-D-D-E-S-S! Looks, talent and personality.

  13. Jayna says:

    Excellent singer. I really like her.

  14. hoyachick says:

    Who? That’s a terrible cover. She looks like a man. I like that you guys are covering people that are not the usual suspects. It can be a bit repetitive, but since I don’t know who this is and got bored and stopped reading the post and skipped to the comments maybe it’s a self defeating goal? LOL.

  15. Melisande says:

    Surprisingly, her voice is quite bold and capable of a little grit, a little soul – not really the type of vocals that should be wasted on mediocre dance-pop songs, but whatever. Her career.

    Here’s her at the 2011 iHeartRadio live series, blowing Miley Cyrus out of the water:

  16. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Terrible cover rather see a model on fashion mags; and adrien Mumford and Sons have talent excellent musicians; this girl has a voice but her song writing from what i’ve seen (not a lot) is top 40 bs.

  17. KC says:

    I only know her as the woman that hurt my ears during the Olympic Closing Ceremonies, but since everyone here swears she is good live I guess I should give her another chance… once I work up the nerve to risk another headache.

  18. Laura says:

    Everyone I know thinks she sounds like Katy Perry.