Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Kelis

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Kelis

Article excerpt

Your late father was a minister. How would he have felt about your sex symbol status?

My father was very supportive of me as a musician, but any daddy is going to be a bit uptight with his little girl. I'd like to think he'd see that I'm a lady and I'm grown-up and I have a good time with what I do.

You covered the Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket" for the Just Like Heaven soundtrack. Were you big into '80s new wave?

Because I grew up in the church, I had a gospel and jazz background. I started listening to the radio around 12 or 13, with the explosion of grunge. Then in '93 I began getting into rap.

The lyrics of "Bossy" are no-nonsense. Have you always felt in charge?

My mom is a strong female, and that's how my sisters and I were raised: proud.

You're rocking a new Salt 'N' Pepa--inspired asymmetrical haircut. Did you wake up one morning screaming "Cut it all off! …

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