Cheltenham-born singer makes history as British Vogue's April cover star

FKA Twigs has been revealed as the newest cover star for British Vogue's April 2024 issue — making history on the first cover under the magazine's new editor-in-chief, Chioma Nnadi.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
The April 2024 issue marks the beginning of Chioma Nnadi's tenure as British Vogue's new editor-in-chief.

Cheltenham-born and raised, FKA Twigs is revealed as the latest star to grace the prestigious cover of British Vogue, in a shoot that marks the first issue under the direction of its new editor-in-chief — draped across a London black cab, no less.

Known to her family and friends as Tahliah Debrett Barnett, the award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and dancer attended St Edward's school in Charlton Kings, before moving to London at 17 and enrolling in the BRIT School.

Residing in Hackney in her early twenties, she became a local overnight sensation when spotted by a photographer the morning after a warehouse party, leading to her ending up on the cover of i-D magazine before she'd even signed to a record label.

Now 36-years-old, she's taken the global music industry by storm, with her awards shelf consisting of a MOBO award for Best Video in 2015, an MTV European Music Award for Best Alternative act in 2019 and two NME awards for Best British Solo Act in 2020 and the Godlike Genius Award in 2022.

She's also received nominations at the BRITs, the Ivor Novello's and both the Billboard Music Awards and Grammys in the US. 

No stranger to experimenting with fashion in her art, she took home the Fashion Innovator Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2015 and has attended multiple Met Galas throughout her career, proving her cover story for the fashion publishing heavyweight to be well-earned.

The April issue symbolises something of a fresh start for both FKA and British Vogue, which is newly headed up by Chioma Nnadi, former editor of the website of its US counterpart and successor to Edward Enninful.

In the cover interview, FKA says: 'I feel that I’m getting to a point of abundance in which I’m a bigger, stronger, more tenacious woman than I’ve ever been.'

The issue's photography package is steeped in quintessential Britishness, acting as somewhat of a homecoming of its editor and the brand itself, a concept further pushed by the coverline 'Fashion's coming home'.

Chioma adds: 'I was so inspired speaking with Twigs about her latest work and the always-alluring relationship between fashion and music.

'She reminded me that it isn’t just about the runway — it exists and can be found in so many different places, be it at a rave or in our home lives.'

The April 2024 issue of British Vogue hits newsstands on Tuesday 19 March 2024, and you can read the full cover story on the British Vogue website.

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