Singer-songwriter Christine and The Queens is a break out star at home in France, and everywhere else.
She shared the stage with Madonna at Bercy in late 2015, wowed the crowd at Coachella in April, then gave a viral performance on “Later…with Jools Holland” on the BBC. Now, she’s being honored as a cover girl for one of America’s most prestigious magazines.
According to Time Magazine, Héloïse Letissier is one of the “ten leaders of the next generation.” Entitled “The Voice of a Different Generation”, the article describes the artist’s meteoric ascension to fame (her first album “Chaleur Humaine” was released in 2014) and how she created the character of Christine at age 22.
“Christine is Héloïse, but without inhibitions”, explains the 28 year-old Nantes native.
Time focuses on Letissier’s androgyny, which has had a powerful impact on a generation seeking release from gender constraints. “Through her LGBTQ anthems and proud pansexual identity, Letissier has become an inspiration for those who feel they don’t fit into cultural or social norms.”
“I never really knew how to be a man or a woman. Nothing other than the fact that wearing a dress seemed false to me,” said the artist who honed her craft in a London burlesque club.
“Because being a woman seemed like an obstacle to me, I wanted to become gender-neutral. It became my way of tricking the system.”
Tricked or not, today the system pays homage to her. And at a good time too: she is currently on tour in the US, accompanied by her “Queens” (male dancers), and will be playing in Washington, New York, Boston, LA, San Francisco, and Seattle.
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