Gwen Stefani on Her Style Evolution: “I Was Actually a Big Copycat!”


Gwen Stefani has commented on how her original style began to evolve from a young age. The No Doubt singer admits that at the beginning, she would see style she liked and would copy it, although changing it to make it more custom. She explains that her style began to evolve that way and she always admired anything that stood out as different:

“I think when I discovered music in eighth grade, that was when it really hit me… like, who am I? I was actually a big copycat! I would see all these girls who had cool style and were just different, and I knew I wanted to be like that. I’d see something I liked and then sort of make it my own – you keep doing that and it becomes a sort of evolution of your style.”

Gwen was also influenced by old Hollywood style and was especially inspired by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. She reveals that she was very attracted to that glamorous look and it had a big affect on her style:

“Even being close to LA, I was always inspired by old movies and Marilyn Monroe and the glamour of Hollywood. I even remember the day I discovered James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. I don’t know why it affected me so strongly, but I walked down to the corner store and bought every poster of them, and I did my whole room up. Overnight.”

Gwen also recalls the first time she dyed her hair her signature peroxide blonde shade which she is now known for. She explains that she was just after going through a break up:

“It was a big moment for me when I did my whole head. I remember my boyfriend and I had just broken up, and I was like, ‘I don’t care how much it costs, I’m getting my hair bleached!’ That’s really when everything changed. We had already written all the Tragic Kingdom songs, and that was the moment that sort of started the next chapter.”