FKA twigs' New Video Proves She's Much More Than a "Video Girl"

FKA twigs' New Video Proves She's Much More Than a "Video Girl"
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Source: FKA twigs

FKA twigs just released a bold new video and with it a reminder that she is the most inventive woman in R&B.

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The video is a testament to how far she's come. Before FKA twigs became our most promising progressive R&B artist, she was a backup dancer in pop music videos for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Taio Cruz. For awhile, she was always recognized as "that girl from the video" and she struggled to make a name for herself. 

"When I got signed, I stopped dancing — I'd given up that part of my life," twigs said, discussing the origins of "Video Girl" with Pitchfork. "I would go out, and somebody would be like, 'Oh, I recognize you!' I'd hope it was because they'd heard my music, but they'd say, 'Are you that girl from the Jessie J video?' I'd always say 'no,' and they'd be like, 'You're lying!'"

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But there's no confusing her now. The video fits FKA twigs' musical style perfectly. It's darker, more sensual and more challenging than most other R&B right now. The strength of her most recent LP1 has led her to work with some of the biggest names around right now, including Flying Lotus and T-Pain, who were both entranced by her record. 

Hopefully, it will be enough to help her break with her past so she can fully revolutionize this genre.

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Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

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