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CREATOR TALKS: DUA LIPA

IN CONVERSATION WITH HANNAH BRONFMAN: "As a fashion lover and DJ myself, Dua is an inspiration to me and I wanted to find out where music and fashion meet in her life, how she got those killer abs and how she keeps on staying creative while touring the globe." - Hannah



You're on the road so much, how do you stay fit? Are there any travel health hacks that you can’t live without?

I try and work out as much as I can. I have such a busy lifestyle I feel like I need to try and do something for myself every day. I love doing something that’s really fast and quick like a 15 minute HIIT workout, which I can do before I start my day. When I have a tiny bit more time on my side I love mixing it up and finding different workouts in whatever city I’m in, whether it’s yoga, pilates, boxing or spinning. When you’re on a tour bus, every day every place is different so you never know what you’re going to find, so that’s always one way to keep it interesting.


You have rules when it comes to dating, do you have rules about your fitness and health?

I try and stay as healthy as possible whenever I can. I’m never one to stop myself having treats, I do love naughty treats. But I try and limit it to days when I’m not as busy, because if I do eat a donut it usually puts me in a food coma!


What is your go-to cardio song and which of your own songs is the best to workout to?

Ape Shit by The Carters, Level Up – Ciara. For my own song, Be The One


I love mixing it up and finding different workouts in whatever city I’m in.

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You’ve been working and performing since you were quite young, was fitness always a part of your lifestyle?

Going to the gym was never really something I’d enjoy, it’s only recently that I’ve fallen in love with it. But I still prefer going to a workout class or working with a trainer—I feel like I’m pretty useless on my own so I prefer being around other people who are working out with me.


You’re such a style icon - from the stage to the gym, your outfits are always incredible. How do you switch up your workout style based on your mood or regime?

It depends what kind of workout and what the weather’s doing. If it’s early morning and I’m tired I always seem to reach for something more baggy and loose. If I’m doing pilates or yoga I’d probably wear leggings and a work out bra top.


I try to do things that scare me or that I think I couldn’t necessarily pull off.

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From writing your own songs, styling your own outfits and coming up with your own stage performances, what inspires you to create?

Personal experiences—to be able to write about those is therapeutic. I try to do things that scare me or that I think I couldn’t necessarily pull off. Also, different places that I visit inspire me, I like to wear different outfits based on where I am in the world.


Looking back at some of your biggest breakthroughs, what has been the driving force that got you there?

The love I have for my job. I feel very lucky to be doing something I’ve dreamed of my whole life—my hobby is my job. That’s not to say there aren’t hard things about it, but I get to do things I didn’t even know would be possible, like performing at the UEFA Champions League! It’s really exciting seeing what new things this career brings me, I’m just so grateful.


I feel very lucky to be doing something I’ve dreamed of my whole life.
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It’s an excellent time to be a woman, who are some females that inspire you?

From pop artists like Pink, to amazing songwriters and artists like Alicia Keys, to Michelle Obama to model Adwoa Aboah. Women that have paved the way for young women of all different backgrounds and shown them support and that they can do anything they put their mind to. They are women that really fight for women’s rights in so many different ways, whether it’s a political standpoint or a more personal empowerment.

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What goals have you set yourself for the next year?

I’d like to finish my next album and start releasing new music. I’m really excited to start a whole new chapter in my career—I think the next year is a lot about the next album!


QUICKFIRE ROUND

Go-to piece from the collection: The All Me Warrior bra, it's really supportive and flattering.
Favourite pre/ post workout snack: Banana and cashew butter.
Mantra/ Motto/ Words to live by: You need to work really hard to get a little bit of luck.
Style Icon: Naomi Campbell in the 90’s.
Self expression means...Having the confidence to be yourself.

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