lydiainthesky (lydiainthesky) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Normani Kordei for MODELISTE magazine: "We're each other's closest friends"

How would you describe your personal music style?
I grew up listening to nothing but 90’s R&B music, so I love Monica, TLC, Brandy, Alicia Keys, and Destiny’s Child. I always say I think I was born in the wrong generation, because I wish I was an adult during that time. I really love 90’s music. I am also inspired by Jhené Aiko, so R&B and soul is my personal music style.

How do you find a balance between being a young growing individual and being a role model to your younger fans?
I definitely think that because I started this industry so young, I was actually fifteen for my first audition, I was really always trying to find myself. I think that’s really the age that you kind of establish who you want to be and what you want to do. But it has definitely been a process, especially having to grow up in the public eye. It is pretty tough. I think that a lot of the people on the outside don’t really necessarily understand all that we really do and go through. It’s blood, sweat, and tears. And constantly getting ridiculed by people that don’t even really know you can be tough and really take a toll on you. I think that it’s just sticking and staying true to who it is you know that you are. That’s all you can really do. I really do consider us as role models as well. I see my little cousin who looks up to me. She is constantly looking at my “Work From Home” video and my “Worth It” video as well. Just seeing in her eyes that I give her some source of hope that she can one day be whatever she wants to be is such a reward for me.

How would you describe the dynamic within the group?
The dynamic within the group is very interesting because we’re so different and we didn’t even know each other. But I think it is very cool for five women to be able to come together and live out their dreams. I think that it just says a lot about how powerful women really are. I think that a lot of the time people in society kind of try to pit women against each other, but I think we are so powerful when we have one voice. And I think that we’re all very aware of what that end goal is. I love my girls and I love our journey. We’ve been through so much together, so we really know each other. We’re each other’s closest friends.

How would you describe your style and where do you get your inspiration?
My style is definitely very sophisticated. I love to step out of the box. I like to do things that people aren’t doing at the time and I like to kind of create my own trends. I love everything high fashion. I’m really inspired by Ciara. I think she’s just gorgeous and constantly reinventing herself and trying new things. She can be whoever she wants to be depending on how she feels. I love Rihanna, I think that that’s kind of a given, and also Sarah Jessica Parker is one of my favorites. I think that she is such a chameleon when it comes to style, which is kind of how I like to describe myself as well. I can’t stick to just one thing. I have to constantly change or else I actually kind of freak out!

Tell us about your past with gymnastics. Do you still have time to do it, when did you start, and has that work ethic helped with your drive as an artist?
I started gymnastics at the age of four. I got enrolled because I could not keep still. I would always be jumping off the bed or flipping in my grandma’s kitchen. So my parents were like “We need to put this kid in gymnastics.” Honestly, I think that it really shaped me into being the hard worker that I am today. You have to be very dedicated, you have to be disciplined. Discipline is the number one thing. I remember coming from school and then literally eating dinner on my way to gymnastics from four to nine pm at night. And then having to wake up for school and having to do the same thing over again. I think it was just something that I really loved. And physically it has stuck with me. I like to eat a lot too, but it kind of just bounces off. I guess because of the work I did before.

Have you taken any professional dancing lessons? What is your favorite style of dance?
I have been dancing since I was three years old and I would take tap and ballet. I was a competitive dancer as well, so I traveled a lot with that. I think that that’s also why I’m so used to traveling all the time, but it was awesome. I loved my dance team, I miss them so much. But they’re all in college now, so when I go back home nobody is there. I love dance. It’s one of my passions and I think it’s a way that I express myself, because I am really shy in person. Just having a conversation, I’m a different person than when I’m on stage dancing and speaking to you right now. My favorite style would have to be between jazz and contemporary.

more of the interview here

queen of promoting her group on her free time
and glad she talked about her past as a competetive gymnast. I want more of this:

sources & more of the interview: modeliste x modeldiaries x btslook
Tags: black celebrities, fifth harmony, magazine covers and articles
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