Normani is on fire as she covers the latest edition of Teen Vogue. She covers topics on conquering anxiety, her expectation, Debut album and many others.
On expectation, this was her take, “There’s so much expectation that I have for myself, so adding [fans’ expectations] onto that can be a lot, but it really does motivate me. I really want to create a body of work that’s going to count, you know? I’m never going to get my first album back.
Normani went on to open up on her understanding of anxiety, she said, “Vulnerability is talking about the fact that I do get anxiety sometimes, and just showing the consumer what that feels like for me. Just the fact that I am in a position that I’m in, but I don’t want to be so unattainable. I’m just the girl next door.”
With the pandemic still fiercely around, Normani shared how she spent the last few months. “Obviously aside from just how devastating [this moment] is, I’ve been able to get to know myself in a way that I hadn’t been able to before,” She says. Investing in self-care has made her more comfortable with being vulnerable in her music “because now I’m tapped into myself in such an intimate way.”
She was explicit on what her presence in Pop means, is a “Representation like I always say, is key to be a young woman that looks like myself, I just feel like [being a positive example] is a part of my legacy. It’s me wanting to create better opportunities for us, and also just for people who think that they got us figured us out, [I want to show that] we are multifaceted and capable of much more than we get credit for, in the music industry and also in society. I feel like I have a duty.”
Do you remember seeing Normani in the ‘WAP’ music video? So when questioned on the ‘WAP’ Visual, she expressed her excitement to be a part of it, “The ‘WAP’ video I was really, really excited to be a part of, just because I feel like we’re in a time in music where women — and Black women — are really on top, which is something I feel like we haven’t seen in a very, very long time. Where I come from, we were all about female empowerment. The fact that I could be a part of such a special moment embracing our sexuality, in which I definitely think there’s a double standard, [was exciting] to be a part of it.”
And finally, on her long-awaited album, she said, “I’m close. When God tells me that it’s done, then it’ll be done. I’ll feel it, you know?”