Kacy Hill is used to being in front of the camera. Since signing with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label in 2015, the singer has become a regular presence on the fashion scene, appearing on magazine covers and in Mario Testino photographs. Though her ethereal features make for great pictures, Hill’s focus has remained on her musical output, delivering dreamy electronica with a confessional bent. She, along with fellow Gen Z artists like Lorde and Halsey, have helped bring an earnest quality back into pop music.

On her forthcoming album, Like a Woman, Hill continues to explore the subjects she’s tackled in the past, but takes full control of her image and the message behind it. She begins with a mission statement, released alongside the first two singles, where she expounds on her past as an American Apparel model and what it means to be a sexually empowered woman. Here, she shares how fashion has become a part of her creative process and why she wants her music to empower fans.

On using fashion as artistic expression.

“Fashion has become a critical element in how I present my narrative to the world. In this album, I talk a lot about experiences with femininity, and I think fashion is a real space for me to test my boundaries with how much skin I want to show, and what ‘feminine’ means regarding physical presence and clothing. Fashion has been an integral part in developing the aesthetic of this album and has also been a bit of a safe haven for me to observe and admire from a place that feels more detached than songwriting, which is intensely cathartic and personal to me.”

On her personal style evolution.

“I just began learning about style and fashion in the past few years when I started doing music. It’s been like opening Pandora’s box and finding a million new avenues that I want to explore. I’ve always leaned toward pieces that are less feminine, so I’ve recently just been evolving with that, gravitating toward oversize, less shapely pieces that I can dress up. [My style icons are] Cher and Rihanna, always. [Right now] I’m obsessed with Y/Project, Alyx, and Balenciaga for everyday pieces that I can wear over and over again.”

On signing her first modeling contract.

“I was drawn to Wilhelmina [modeling agency] because of their enthusiasm in growing with me as an artist and creator over propelling me into a social media storm that is increasingly becoming the easiest avenue to fame. I don’t care about being famous, but I do care about making art in as many ways as I possibly can. I want to stay educated and involved in the fashion world and eventually create my own designs.”

On being a feminist and taking control of her image.

“As a woman today, I think I would be doing myself and so many other women quite a disservice not to consider myself a feminist . . . The beginning of my music career came with a feeling of guilt for having so many existing images of myself on the Internet from my modeling and American Apparel days, and I think I came to a point where I decided that I wasn't here to let someone else decide what I should feel regret for. I don’t want to erase any part of my story, because I think my experiences with sexuality and how people have viewed me is important to discuss.”

On crafting music with an empowering message.

“‘Like a Woman’ has a lot of meanings to me. When I wrote the song, I was focused on not being in any kind of relationship, but was reflecting about [the] people I had been with and what drives them to make me feel good. It’s also very much a song to myself. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like I wasn’t worth someone’s full love and attention, almost like I came at an inconvenience to them. ‘Like a Woman’ is the push and pull of myself wanting to be loved, and finding what it is in myself that drives me to feel worthy and fulfilled.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dresses online