19 Reasons Charli XCX Is This Fall’s Unexpected Queen

Here’s why she’s the powerful, inspiring pop star that we need.

1. She dances however the hell the music moves her and totally owns it.


2. It’s just her thing.

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3. She does not have time for sexism.

4. She’s never too cool for the people who love her, be it a fan…

5. … or her family.

6. She never punches down.

7. She has an excellent memory.

remember when justin bieber only wore purple..

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)
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that was my favourite bieber era

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)

8. She’s unashamed of her teenybopper inclinations.

s/o dad for my one direction birthday cake

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)

9. She discovers weird things she did the night before just like the rest of us.

i threw so many peace signs up last night its unreal..

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)

We're getting ready for the #VMAs with @charli_xcx! Stay tuned right here at @voguemagazine for more.

— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine)

10. She never shies away from making a bold statement; if you want to dress up like a tiger, dress up like a tiger.

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11. Because she knows that sometimes it’s better to think outside the box.

12. She reminds women that they have every right to wear whatever they want…

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13. … and that there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your body.

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14. And that doesn’t make you any less credible, important, or intelligent.


Ban men.

15. She’s a killer songwriter – as we all know from mega-hit “I Love It” – and isn’t afraid to be behind the scenes while someone else enjoys the spotlight.


Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate,” anyone?

16. She loves and supports her friends and fellow badass women.

17. She shows us that even when one door closes, another one opens, like when she wrote “Boom Clap” for Hilary Duff…

song writing is so weird

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)

… whose team rejected it.

s/o hilary duff

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)

So she kept it for herself and it became her first solo single to hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


18. She isn’t afraid to ask for the respect and acknowledgment she deserves.

so confused when people send songs for me to sing written by other people... really??? NOW of all times??

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx)

19. She was Janis Ian in high school, which is awesome because that means she really was the *realest.*

Thank you, Charli, for being you, and for helping us be us.

Charli’s sophomore album, Sucker, is out Oct. 21.

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