Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. Next week, Zara Larsson will release her long-awaited, debut U.S. album So Good marking a major moment in her career. After four years of hustle and proving her ability to conquer anything from an emotional, deep-house duet ("Never Forget You") to sassy-and-brassy pop bangers ("Ain't My Fault"), So Good is shaping up to be an impressive platform for her multi-genre appeal as well as her Christina Aguiler-ian vocals. But what this album may do more importantly is give a bigger platform for her inner voice.
Despite being just 19-years-old, the Swedish songbird has been unapologetically vocal about her stances on feminism and issues she sees in the industry she's slowing conquering. As Zara told us late last year about navigating the music business as a new artist, "Oh my gosh, I don't think you understand how upset men get when you tell them off—it's insane." She added she's grown a tough, wiser skin as a result of the the growing pains. "To stand up in front of all these middle-aged men and just say, 'No, I don't want to do this'...I feel like I'm super confident and I'm comfortable in what I want to sing, and who I am, how I want to dress and how I want to write my songs."
Larsson has unapologetic stances on the platforms which her followers are religiously following too. On Twitter, she's spoke about her stance in the Dr. Luke/Kesha case, women's safety at festivals, standing up for Cailtyn Jenner, and Chris Brown—having probably some of the best shade we've seen to the controversial singer seemingly calling her a "stinky butt."
That confidence continues to translate back to her career. "I will not back down for anyone," she also shared with Fuse. "If I don't like a song, I will not sing that song. Or if I love a song, I will find a way to sing that song."
Getting So Good in stores is just the first step. Larsson's growing power—both in music and as a role model—feels unstoppable at this point.
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