Tahliah Debrett Barnett, that is to say, FKA twigs was born in a small town of Tewkesbury in the county of Gloucestershire in 1988. Before she turned 18, she had already moved to London, attracted by the music and cultural atmosphere of the large and cosmopolitan city. She, in turn, has a Jamaican father and an English mother, and her image — slim, beautiful, with afro features — fits the environment in which she wanted to enter.
But she did not start her musical career as a singer. Her first works were as a dancer in video clips for other artists (she can be seen, for example, in the video clip of the song “Do It Like a Dude”, by Jesse J, for example). The dance came from family. Her father, whom she did not know until she was of legal age was a dancer and her mother too. When she announced her return to music, she did so with a video of her dancing, which she uploaded to her Instagram profile.
After a prolonged absence due to health issues, the Britishsinger, songwriter and dancer returned with a new album: “Magdalene”. The latest work of FKA twigs “Magdalene” was chosen by Mondo Sonoro as the best international album of last year and was directly inspired by the figure of María Magdalena. A record she made was to overcome uterine fibromas that kept her away from the stage.
FKA twigs donates £10,000 to help sex workers during a pandemic
FKA twigs through the Instagram account has started a campaign to support sex workers who are also being serious victims of this pandemic. Specifically, she has made a donation of £10,000 to the fund that supports organizations in the WARM, Lysistrata, and ELSC sectors. 32-year-old singer FKA Twigs on her Instagram profile posted a photo with bare breasts slightly covered with a graceful faux snakeskin. Having covered the nipples of her breasts with the original snake, she thereby prevented censorship on her platform.
Tahliah Debrett Barnett has recalled through her twitter account her past as a company lady (‘hostess’) in a gentlemen’s club. She says: “The experience has shaped me as the strong woman that I am as it has done with much of my work as an artist. Sometimes it happened even unconsciously.”
For all this and far from hiding, she says that: “I feel that now is the time to step forward, respect and bring to light the challenges that sex workers face, especially during these uncertain times,” she continues. “The sex workers I know and have met have discipline, trade, talent, and work ethic, not only do they deserve the best in the long term. But their income has been eliminated by the closure of many clubsand many of them are invisible to receive the help that is available to other workers”.
It is a very brave stance that has been accompanied by that donation of ten thousand pounds and support for a campaign to raise funds for these organizations that help and give visibility to an economic sector. This sector often moves in a hypocritical legal limbo, which does more than complicatingthe situation for these people when a pandemic like this happens.