Sky Ferreira for i-D Magazine Summer 2014 + Sky Ferreira backs Terry Richardson over scrapped Lady Gaga clip
Sky Tonia Ferreira (born July 8, 1992) is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. As a teenager, Ferreira began uploading videos on Myspace of herself singing songs she had written, which led to her discovery by producers Bloodshy & Avant and an eventual recording contract with Parlophone in 2009. She released her first extended play, As If, in 2011, which combined elements of electropop and dance music. Ferreira’s second extended play Ghost (2012), however, incorporated pop with more stripped-down song structures and featured collaborations with Jon Brion and Shirley Manson, as well as the critically acclaimed track “Everything Is Embarrassing”, which she composed with Dev Hynes.
After multiple delays and disputes with her record label, Ferreira’s debut studio album Night Time, My Time was released on October 29, 2013, and marked a departure from her former style, incorporating more experimental indie rock with synthpop elements. The album was preceded by its lead single “You’re Not the One”. That year, she ventured into the film industry after appearing in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and garnered media attention after being arrested for drug possession. She was exposed to a mainstream audience after having been announced as an opening act for the international Bangerz Tour, headlined by Miley Cyrus, which began on February 14, 2014.
Ferreira’s earlier work incorporated elements of dance-pop, while her recent projects experiment with acoustic, new wave and primarily indie rock musical styles. Her lyrical content originally incorporated themes of rebellion and teenage romance, and has since evolved to discuss personal insecurities and more mature romantic themes. Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, she has modeled for several brands and magazines, most recently serving as the spokeswoman for the hair care brand Redken in 2014.
Sky Ferreira backs Terry Richardson over scrapped Lady Gaga clip
Singer, who has worked with the controversial photographer, says he would not have manipulated Lady Gaga into making the ‘rape ad’ video
Sky Ferreira has defended the controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson, and insisted he is not to blame for the shelving of Lady Gaga’s Do What U Want video, which he directed.
The video, which apparently featured an unconscious Lady Gaga being anaesthetised and impregnated by R Kelly – who has been repeatedly subject to allegations of sexual abuse – was described in the New York Post by someone who had seen it as “an ad for rape”. And Richardson has been subject to countless allegations of sexual harrasment – as Zoe Williams wrote in the Guardian earlier this week, “one might forgiven for thinking ‘Richardson Denies’ was his double-barrelled surname.”
As the Post’s source said: “Gaga had a video directed by an alleged sexual predator, starring another [alleged] sexual predator. With the theme, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want with your body'”
Ferreira, however, has sprung to Richardson’s defence. “As someone who has worked very closely with Terry Richardson on many many many occasions since I was 17 years old,” Ferreira wrote on Facebook, “I would like to say … from my OWN personal experience: I have never been forced or manipulated into anything.”
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Sky Ferreira for i-D Magazine Summer 2014