For their second annual music issue, Elle Magazine brought on a slew of songstresses who have been influential female acts for 2011. From newer stars like Willow Smith, to iconic singer’s who’ve stood the test of time, such as Aretha Franklin and Stevie Nicks, the issue provides a wide variety of musical talent. Check out all the photos below!
“I usually put pants on. I see these girls as more going for the sex-symbol thing. I was more, in the band, like a tomboy. Of course, I think every girl is sexy, so there’s going to be a little of that. But I see a lot of younger artists going more toward the sexy thing.”
“I always wanted to play with the boys,” Minaj explains to the mag as she speaks on competing against her male peers in the industry. “I didn’t want to be a pawn in their game or have a sidekick role. I wanted to be more of a lead character—a superhero.”