Interview with Body Positive Champion & Powerhouse Singer, Isabelle

By: Victoria Moorwood//

 

Isabelle: the Atlanta-born singer with a powerful voice and even more powerful message. Even as a talented singer and American Idol contestant, Isabelle faced challenges in the music industry because of its small and inflexible scope of beauty standards. Because of this, Isabelle’s mission is to provide her listeners with a message of self-love and self-acceptance and to keep on fighting for what you want in the midst of adversity, as she did. Her new single dropping soon, “Unlabeled,” is her embarkment on this journey of bashing labels and encouraging her fans to do the same. Here, this body-positive warrior speaks on her musical inspirations, message to fans, and new music coming up after “Unlabeled.”

When is “Unlabeled” set to release? What message are you trying to send your listeners through this single?

“Unlabeled” is set to release August 25th! No matter what people try to label you as, there is nothing wrong with you. You are beautiful and different and yourself, and that is enough.

Tell me more about your support for body positivity. What do you want your listeners to know, and what do you believe is your purpose in delivering this message through your music?

I have been labeled the big girl with the beautiful voice my whole life. We are turning a corner now where everyone is tired of this unrealistic and untruthful view of body image. I am a completely open book as a person. When I decided to release music, I knew “Unlabeled” had to be first because it is my story and my mission. I want to make people feel better about themselves. I am beautiful and somedays I don’t feel that way, but we have to get out of our heads that beauty is only on the outside. Beauty is how we treat ourselves and others around us. How we choose to live is how we communicate beauty.

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When was a time you felt ostracized or belittled in the music industry because of your appearance? How did you overcome it and how did it make you a better artist?

I can’t tell you how many times people sat me down and said If I lost weight they would get my hair highlighted and buy me new clothes. People put a label on you and suddenly you become consumed about it. Now, I look back and I feel sorry that I let that little girl feel as if she was disgusting, because I was smart and talented and funny and beautiful. I would honestly say I overcame it in these last 2 years of being thrown into L.A. and making the choice to stand up for who I am and not apologize for it.

What’s something you’d like your fans to know about you?

I am nowhere near the most confident person in the world about my body, but I hope that when you see my video and hear my song that you don’t give yourself a hard time and you look at yourself in the mirror and love yourself.

Who are your role models? Both in music, and in life?

Celine Dion, Sara Bareilles and Emeli Sande are all people I really look up to in the music world. They are all so talented but you can hear their heart in their music. Which to me, is the most important thing.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

P!nk, Celine Dion or Labrinth

Are you working on a full album or EP after “Unlabeled” drops?

We have a couple of singles that will be released after “Unlabeled” that are so exciting in different ways!

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Victoria Moorwood

Victoria Moorwood is a music journalist located in San Diego. Her favorite genres are hip hop and rap, but she appreciates all music and the way it brings people together. She also blogs about travel and lifestyle, hosts a news radio show, and enjoys surfing in her free time. Follow Victoria on Twitter @vic_land

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