Louise Chantal talks music, natural hair and confidence
For those who do not know Louise Chantal, how would you introduce yourself to the readers?
I am a singer/songwriter from London, now living in the NY area.
You have a very unique voice, what artist do you listen to that inspires your choice of music?
I listen to so many different artists that have influenced me while creating my upcoming EP, Welcome to Aranbi. A few of them are: Beyonce, SZA, Dawn Penn, Lana Del Rey, Drake, FKA Twigs, Prince, Sia, Toni Braxton, and Kelly Rowland.
Out of all the songs you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
I think Million Tears is my favorite song that I’ve written. You guys haven’t heard that song yet, but it represents where I think I’d like to go with my sound initially in my career. It’s electropop mixed with R&B. It was produced by Ken Will and Syience. Throughout my EP as a whole you’re going to hear R&B merged with different genres; hip hop, trap, and electropop. That song lyrically is so cinematic and I feel as though it captures the essence of what I’d like to do in my career, which is create music that people can dance and cry to at the same time.
I’ve noticed that a lot of your pictures have the color pink in it. What is it about the color pink that you love so much? Would you say it is your signature color?
I love what the color pink represents for me. I feel like when I wear pink, I’m soft, I’m loving, I’m caring, I’m nurturing, I’m the Prince$$ of Aranbi and I’m showing love to all the breast cancer survivors at the same time. I feel like pink is the representation of where I am in life, it’s a color through which I express and embrace my femininity. To everyone, pink has its own meaning, but this is what it means to me- and I think pink is my signature color for now.
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your music and your look? And in your own words, what would you describe a perfectionist as?
I am definitely a perfectionist when it comes to my music and my look, but I also do allow myself room to be human because nothing in life is perfect. In order to survive any industry you need resilience and persistence so while I strive for perfection, I try not to come down too hard on myself or others when things go wrong.
I love to surround myself with people that are perfectionists, people that don’t give up easily, people that are passionate, and people that work really hard. I prefer to work with people like that because they understand my passion and my dedication and we are able to respect and appreciate each other because of that. I think a perfectionist is someone that strives to be the best they can be at all times with no excuses. Someone that is determined to deliver and go above and beyond the standards that other people may set for them in order to achieve something greater.
Where does your creativity for style come from?
I direct all of the content that I put out from the CalNeva music video, to my instagram layout and lifestyle, my LCLive videos, and pretty much all of the creative content you receive from me via my site down to my cover art. Everything stems from visions of character roles that I have and then I collaborate with other creatives and professionals to help me bring the characters to life. David Mansion from MansionHomme is my image consultant- everything that pertains to fashion goes through him. He’s someone that has really invested in my vision. He is so talented and hardworking. He’s been involved in my career since the birth of Louise Chantál. I work with Christine Ruzzille on hair. I have such a pleasure working with her because she’s not afraid to take risks. I love dying my wigs crazy colors and trying new styles so we have so much fun working together and finding new ways to step outside of the box. They are only two of the key people that help me to bring my vision to life.
How do you feel about natural hair, and how have you learned to embrace it?
I love my natural hair now. I didn’t always love my hair, but now that I’ve grown to love it, I’ve realized the reason I didn’t like my hair was because I didn’t know how to take care of it and style it in it’s curly state. When I met Christine Ruzzile, my natural hair was actually platinum blonde; I was having so much fun wearing wigs, but I really wanted happy, healthy, natural hair. So we decided to dye my hair back to its natural color- and that was the best decision I’d ever made because my hair just started to flourish and thrive. She showed me the right styling products to use, so all of my natural hair struggles for the most part have come to an end. I’m now in love with my wigs and the hair braided underneath so I feel really great about my hair.
How have you been able to embrace being sexy? What advice would you give to young girls who are still trying to find confidence in their bodies?
I feel like sex appeal is something that comes to you naturally and shouldn't be forced. You don’t have to be a runway model's size to be sexy, you don’t have to be a certain complexion to be sexy, you don’t have to have a certain hair style or curl pattern to be sexy, you don’t have to wear a designer brand to be sexy, and you don’t have to fit into European beauty standards to be sexy. I think sexiness stems from confidence. There’s a lot of focus on exterior beauty in the media, and loving who you are externally is important, but I believe that stems from loving who you are internally. A lot of the beauty standards that are being sold and forced upon young girls and women are white and thin, and then non-European features and cultures are just cast as trends for a profitable season. I believe media representation has to diversify immediately. People that are portrayed as good looking, successful, and sexy can’t be one skin color, hair texture, or body type because many aren’t viewing themselves as sexy because they don’t feel they represent what is considered sexy. To the young girls that struggle with confidence in their appearance, no matter what race, size, or color you are, I want you to know that the media does not dictate your beauty. Sexy is not the summation of what a man finds desirable in you, sexy is what you find desirable in you- so you have to invest in you, applaud you, and love you in order to embrace being sexy.