Sia: my wig saves me $5,000 every time I want to go to a party


Reclusive Australian singer Sia features in the April issue of Interview magazine. She talks with Kristen Wiig (who performed with Maddie Ziegler to “Chandelier” at the Grammys). They discuss about a handful of subjects but at least half of the interview involves Sia’s blond, bobbed wig shtick. The whole editorial shoot (you can see it here) depicts the wig in various scenarios. I’ve talked before about Sia’s genius songwriting skills and her eccentric ways. Fans of her music are used to the backwards wig by now and don’t question it. Sia must feel the heat because she justifies her wig in several different ways. Sia starts off by saying she based the bob on the idea of Amy Winehouse as “the bouffant.” Then all these other reasons pop up:

The wig = privacy: “People say, ‘Enough of this sh*t where she doesn’t show her face,’ and ‘It’s a gimmick.’ I have nothing to lose. But of course I want to be loved. So when people say, ‘Show your face, you’re not ugly.’ I want to say, ‘I know. I’m not doing it because I think I’m ugly; I’m trying to have some control over my image. And I’m allowed to maintain some modicum of privacy. But also I would like not to be picked apart or for people to observe when I put on ten pounds or take off ten pounds or I have a hair extension out of place or my fake tan is botched.’ Most people don’t have to be under that pressure, and I’d like to be one of them. I don’t want to be followed by paparazzi. I don’t go on Twitter. Because when people say things like, I don’t know, ‘I hope you get cancer and die,’ it hurts my feelings. I want you to be entertained. I want you to get the full package. I’d just rather it not center around whether or not I have cellulite.”

The wig = longevity: “I’m 39, and I would like to be able to make great pop music for another 20 years. And it feels like creating a sort of inanimate blond bob and allowing other people to play the role of the pop singer, it affords me a little bit more freedom in terms of my expiration date.”

The wig = a money saver: “I’ll just have to keep trying to do it. Because my ego could definitely get in the way. You know, I made a mistake. I went to parties on Oscar night and I didn’t hide my face. And then I realized that it’s work. What was I thinking? I could have dinner with these people at their houses, but anywhere you go now where there’s a camera, it’s actually work. I was excited because I got invited to these big, fancy parties. And then you realize, ‘If I’m going to go, I’m going to need to get a tan. I’m going to need to have my roots done. I’m going to have extensions, probably. I’m going to get a stylist for sure. I’m going to have to work out five times that week with Jennifer Aniston’s trainer.’ This is commerce and I’m $5,000 in the hole just to go to a party. So it was a great learning experience. That is not what I’m going to be doing in the future. But it’s funny to hear people in the biz say, ‘Oh, it’s nice you showed your pretty face.’ You, of all people, should know. You can’t even leave the house. I need to go to a meeting, a 12-step meeting, and then, like, hang out with a bunch of really f***ing major weirdoes. That’s what I need.”

[From Interview]

Sia goes on to discuss her belief in aliens and mermaids/Daryl Hannah, but she’s scared of the government possibly working with aliens. So she thinks about dogs instead. Good plan.

The whole wig thing … I understand that the wig is Sia’s security blanket in many ways. There’s a lot of anxiety within her words. I love how she talks about the stress of going to industry parties and how there’s so much prep time and money involved. We don’t hear celebrities discuss that stuff often enough. She feels like she made a mistake showing her face on Oscars night, which is where I get confused. Sia hid her face on Oscar night for at least one shindig. Here are photos of Sia at the Vanity Fair party. Her new husband, Erik Anders, still seems amused by her wig routine.




Photos courtesy of Gregory Harris/Interview & WENN

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  1. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I guess I’m confused/not a massive fan. If I didn’t want people to take picture of me, then I wouldn’t go to said parties where people take pictures of me. And/or not pose for said pictures. Not like she couldn’t have made her way, quickly, through the line or went to the back door to get to the party.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Virginia – same here. Either cover your face or don’t. It’s just a prop.

    • sofia says:

      What I got from her interview is that she was excited about the party and experimented the no wig situation and the regretted.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      The main purpose of a party is to hang out with other people, not to get your picture taken. There is value in going to a party, especially an industry one, even if you aren’t getting photos.

    • annaloo. says:

      Can we please cut her some slack and give her some room?

      I can’t remember if I’d read this here, or elsewhere, but a very good point was made that no one asks why or questions when male artists like Deadmau5 and Daft punk wear masks.. sorry if it seems that I’m playing the sexism card, but I see how it’s a valid point. We all know women are so unfairly scrutinized for their appearance .

      Celebitchy readers have always struck me as more introspective and sane than other commenters of other sites.. so let’s ask ourselves: why are some of us contributing to this sexism?

      • Anna says:

        Yes! This! +++++

      • rosey says:

        EXCELLENT POINT! I didn’t even think of that. Well said.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I have no clue who Daft Punk and Deadmau are–but I say the same. It’s ridiculous and drawing more attention to yourself when you do stuff like that. If you don’t want to be judged by your appearance in the media, then you don’t have to pose for pictures, get all dressed up for the cameras–there are ways to avoid it. Add in the fact that all you have to do to avoid paparazzi, etc (for the most part) is to stay out of the pap friendly places, and just live your life normally…….

        I mean, how often is Adele photographed? And she has a kid. I’ve seen pap pics of Adele on maybe 3 occasions–and they were mainly of her in the airport, on her way to the GGs (when she won for Best Original Song)…….no one’s hounding her about her personal life (even though her dad/sperm donor talked about her). The media itself is not judging her outfits/weight….because she herself refuses to make it a point of conversation (beyond initially saying that she was happy with the way she was). A quiet, private life IS possible for a famous person.

        And in the end, you have to learn to deal with the attention, or go away. We are all judged by our appearance, by first impressions, etc. Always. What matters is how we react to it.

        Personally, I don’t really care if she wears a wig to cover her face, I just find it ironic–not outright attention seeking (although it can have that as a side effect)……

  2. smee says:

    Love her music and her wig. She’s absolutely right – it’s freeing to not have to be concerned about your looks. Doesn’t have to play the SEXY game. She’s a genius! Plus, Daft Punk did a similar thing and no one complained about that – they were intrigued.

    • magpie says:

      Very true, Daft Punk didn’t get this.

    • InvaderTak says:

      That’s not a good comparison.

      • lobbit says:

        It’s actually an excellent comparison. Daft Punk wear those helmets for some of the same reasons Sia wears her wig – namely, privacy and image management.

      • sofia says:

        That’s a really great comparison. I can find a picture of them if you look for it but it’s not mainstream. They have perfectly normal lives while making music and selling a LOT. That’s a great achievement.

      • Jessica Fletcher says:

        Well, to play Devils advocate, Daft Punk and Deadmau5 don’t perform under their own names, so their whole act is an act and always has been. Sia used to show her face, performs under her own name, and does more tv shows and interviews than the others put together. Like, I respect Sia as a songwriter, and she’s free to do what she likes and show her face or not, but personally, I do sometimes wonder if it’s not a bit gimmicky. JMHO.

      • InvaderTak says:

        @Jessica Fletcher: That’s exactly what I was trying to say, but hit submit too soon, so thank you. Stupid phone. Daft Punk dress up like robots because that’s how they want to be seen when they PERFORM. In their Rolling Stone interview, privacy is mentioned as a welcome byproduct of the costumes, not the initial or sole use for them. There is a kitschy artistry to their costumes that doesn’t revolve around their own personal issues the way Sia’s wig does. She says it’s to control her image so she doesn’t get her feelings hurt by twitter; that has nothing to do with her art. It doesn’t even have the desired affect. if anything, the wig has gotten more attention than her actual artistic endeavors. She wants the focus to be her art, but she continues to take away from it with the wig. That’s all a lot of people know her for, does she not realize this? She’s not ok with people critiquing her hair but she’s ok with people making fun of her for the wig? What? Her explanations for the wig don’t make any sense to me. She wants the Billboard covers and the Oscar after parties but doesn’t want to be disturbed in public or deal with the downsides of fame. It doesn’t work that way and she’s been in the biz long enough to know this. This is where a life coach or counselor would be a good solution, not a wig trying to be passed off as art. Other celebs have made these complains without the “artsy” twist, and we criticize all of them. I don’t really see a difference and I hate it when people try to make something that has nothing to do with art into art. /rant

    • sofia says:

      If she was a bad singer/musician I would say this was marketing but for someone who knows her and her work from the Zero7 days i totally get it. She is complicated and sensitive and maybe a bit neurotic and that’s probably what makes her songs so special. It’s great to have someone so successful that’s also good in terms of the quality of what they produce. And more, no one owns her body, her face or her image except her.

    • Lucy says:

      The comparison is on point!! Incredibly talented, hard-working musicians who who’d like the focus to stay on what they do rather than on what they look like.

  3. Kali says:

    With a voice and songwriting skills like that, Sia can do whatever the he!! she wants to. The wig is on the right side of kooky as opposed to meat dress being born out of an egg. I don’t think she’s in danger of going full Gaga anytime soon.

  4. sally says:

    She’s so right about all the steps and money one must put in before attending a party. $5000 is a lot of money but probably the average by hollywood standards.

    I know before going out with my friends on a Saturday night or even a more formal family event, I :
    1. Shower
    2. Paint my nails
    3. Style my hair (curl or straighten)
    4. Do all my makeup
    5. Put on my outfit

    I don’t pay people, so I’m not spending a ton of money but I am spending a lot of time! And like Sia said, if you don’t put in the so-called effort, you are picked apart. Me on another level of course by fellow party-goers or ugh, my mom, at a family function. It’s an unfortunate part of our culture.

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      And If you put an effort, you are picked apart too. Too much make-up – too little make-up, too tan – too pale, dress too informal – dress not formal enough, too casual – try-hard, ugly natural hair – a weave/wig meaning that a woman hates herself. Even men sometimes get it – a suit too boring – a suit too funky, too loose, too tight, ugly receding hairline – embarrassing hair plugs/hairpiece. No one can win and it’s not only about Hollywood. Every wedding and other important event has their own fashion police.

  5. kri says:

    I think she’s brilliant at what she does, and I get why she says it’s alot of work. I can’t imagine the agonzing prep/maintenance it takes to be a celeb. I would hate it too. That being said, I’m with @Virgilia about just quietly slipping into events. As a friend of mine once said “There is always the back door…”

  6. jenna says:

    Never heard of her. Do people who hate bangs like that wig?

    • FLORC says:

      She’s been covered here a lot. I’ve seen a jenna comment, but maybe not you.

      And you likely have heard her music at some point.

      She’s said she was camera shy to begin with. A lot of people compared her wigs to Lady Gaga stunts. If I followed her appearance I might care. I do like her music though. She has an amazing voice.

  7. Jaded says:

    “And I’m allowed to maintain some modicum of privacy.”

    She does realize that the wig makes her stick out like a sore thumb….just sayin’…

    • Kali says:

      In all honesty though, the wig is actually quite brilliant. She has a sort of “trademark” that is unmistakably hers now but do most people know exactly what she looks like? ie walk past her on the straight and recognize her straight away? Probably not.

    • xpreson says:

      Yes, but she only wears it when she classifies it as ” when I’m at work” her modicum of privacy refers to when she does her day to day things and people don’t recognise her. I get her. I would feel the same. Use that wig for a few days a year to gain anonymity for the rest of them.

    • sofia says:

      But you don’t really see her face do you? It’s like someone said earlier, think of Daft Punk.

  8. Jenny says:

    Walking around with a damn lampshade wig on your head and face just draws more attention. You either want it or you don’t, stop trying to make excuses.

    • lobbit says:

      She never said that she doesn’t want attention.

      • Jenny says:

        I read it differently. To me it sounds like she doesn’t want anyone to say anything about her or ever criticize her.

      • lobbit says:

        Well, she very clearly states that she doesn’t want to be picked apart for her appearance. But that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t want attention – she just wants to be able to control what the audience attends to.

    • xpreson says:

      She doesn’t want to be famous. She doesn’t want to be easily recognised in her day to day activities that is why when she is performing she doesn’t show her face. To me is very simple what she wants to do and doesn’t contradict what she says and does.

    • Ennie says:

      Like other said, she wants her music to be famous, not to have whatever flaws she has to be analyzed with a magnifying glass (if she has a wrinkle, cellulite, too pale, too tan, etc.)
      In this time not only actors get it, that physical scrutiny.
      There was once a time when there was a distinction between the singers who became famous for their looks, and others because of their actual talent, regardless of their looks. In the last decades, particularly in today’s internet era, even the talented ones sell their bodies and photoshop their legs (like Beyonce, just an example).
      She apparently does not want to be like that.

  9. I never heard of her before today, you don’t have to be a psychologist to see a conflict in her personality. If you want to be an intertainer, you want the spotlight–but to ‘hide’ yourself in public? Sort of on a 11 or 12 year old level.

    • Ennie says:

      She has had her health/addiction issues, and she comes from a troubled background, but she also likes to perform. Kind of difficult.
      I like her songs. She is, IMO, too talented to live hidden.

    • Sarah says:

      That’s a pretty silly thing to say…
      Of recent years, anyone who dains to entertain the public is automatically entered into a contract whereby the public has the right to know every detail about their lives and will consume said details as further entertainment. The harsh criticism is never ending, but they aren’t allowed to complain because apparently they owe us….. seem fair to you? Sia is a song writer and singer and wants to share her music with people. We do not have the right to her personal life. Pretty easy to understand! With musicians it is valid as so many people steal music these days. They often don’t even get paid much anymore… so what exactly do they ‘owe’ us?

  10. Enn says:

    Sia is a treasure. With her talent, she can wear whatever she wants.

  11. Jenna says:

    Are some of you just not reading the article? This isn’t about whether or not she wants “attention” or to be famous; she doesn’t want to be JUDGED. She’s allowed, as a human being, to a) have privacy and b) perform/write/do what she loves without having the mainstream media and randoms on twitter judge her and lambaste her over her APPEARANCE. She wants to be held accountable for her work ONLY and NOT her looks. That’s what she’s saying, and I respect the sh!t out of her for it.

    • sofia says:

      yes and yes and yeas. She is so precious as a person/artist that it really annoys me to read people totally lacking any kind of empathy. What she said is actually something really important, it’s about beauty standards, owning your body/image, not feeling you have to be performing as a woman all the time to fulfill others expectations… This is something pretty common for women. She should be praised!

  12. Ari says:

    I think Sia has graves disease and she explained on her twitter or somewhere her tendency to wear wigs and be reclusive stem from this

  13. mata says:

    I like her music and believe that she does suffer from some sort of anxiety, but this reminds me of a teenager I used to know. He had multicolored, oddly shaved hair and facial piercings. Then he complained about how people stared at him. People wouldn’t be talking about her or her appearance nearly as much if she just walked in without the wigs.

  14. Jen43 says:

    I can’t help but be reminded of Hannah Montana. Ha. But if she values her privacy and has anxiety issues, she is in a very difficult position as a performer. If this works for her, then good for her. It seems like she is caught between a rock and a hard place.

  15. Dani says:

    I don’t get the wig thing really but she’s extremely talented so I don’t really mind it. She has an insane voice. I’d feel differently if someone like Katy Perry tried to pull this off. Also, she looks amazing for 39.

  16. OTHER RENEE says:

    Or she could simply not read any press about her. Just saying…

  17. TW says:

    This interview reveals an intelligent celeb with a sense of humor. Apparently with clever marketing skills as well. Kind of impressed, here.

  18. OTHER RENEE says:

    Or she could simply not read any press about herself. Just saying…

  19. I Choose Me says:

    I totally get what she’s saying and I respect her choice to where whatever the hell she wants on her head. I love Sia so I am clearly bias but I don’t care.

  20. Lucy says:

    I see her point, and I know she’s been through some stuff that may contribute to her feeling this way. There was a time in which she wasn’t in control of herself (nor in a good place at all), and now she is. Overall, this is a great interview. She’s absolutely brilliant, a true artist.

  21. keekee says:

    Her recent interview with Howard Stern is incredibly insightful. It’s lengthy but well worth the time — I found the audio on youtube.

  22. laura.e says:

    She is gorgeous