Australian singer-songwriter Sia, known for her hit Chandelier, insists that covering her face for performances and the red carpet is more than a gimmick.
Previously, she admitted that public pressure about her looks and media speculation in general led to depression and suicidal thoughts at points in her life. However, if she carefully manages and hides her image that’s not an issue.
She explains, “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.”
Moreover, Sia admits, “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.”
She explains her stance on privacy and social media, “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.”
She also says it’s because Hollywood is so sexist. “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.”
See also this very timely article from UK newspaper The Guardian called “So Sia hides herself? So do Daft Punk. The only difference is she’s a woman”.