Hands down, Elle Varner is one of my absolute favorite new artists, so I love seeing her continue to get the recognition she deserves.
Straight off of her recent Grammy nomination, she’s now gracing the latest cover of VIBE Vixen. Inside the issue she dishes about everything from learning to accept her new-found fame, to being a perfectionist, and even touches a bit on her love life.
On getting comfortable with fame:
I’m more comfortable with my choices. The more I step into Elle Varner as an artist, I’m more comfortable with what I want or what I feel like I want because that’s really what being an artist is. Playing into what you think people want you to be, that’s not an artist. It is scary, but that’s why the greatest ones are the one that take the risk and just be whatever they want.
On fans crying when they meet her:
It’s nuts [laughs]. I feel, honestly, that you have to constantly remind yourself that you are just like everyone else because everyone is treating you like you’re not. People are making you their savior, their role model, their idol. People actually love you, and it’s crazy. They’re like, ‘Don’t change’ [laughs] but you have to in a way. There’s no way not to. But you still want to keep the part of you that is pure.
On being a perfectionist with her music:
I probably went back and changed ” Not Tonight” the most. It’s one of those songs that every word had to be perfect. And I know the album is called Perfectly Imperfect [laughs] but… I’ll share something with you. On the bridge I say, ‘I’m standing here terrified,” and I was supposed to say “I’m standing here paralyzed/broken hearted I could die.” Little things like that.
Yes, I’m warming up to it. My job is to travel the country, so I don’t have a place every day to see whoever I meet, but I think I’m more open [to dating]. I’m starting to feel more secure just as an artist and where I’m at, and now I think, ‘You might have time for a date.’
Check out a few more pics from Elle’s feature below, and make sure to peep the full interview over at VIBE Vixen.