As a Kosovar refugee now located in Tennessee, there aren't many women in music I can look up to. I had Rita Ora but those ties had to be cut after she linked with known racist and complete mess, Iggy Azaela. There are many other problems I have with Ora, but that's another story.
Dua Lipa, a fellow refugee around the same age as me, migrated to London during the war but later moved back to Kosovo. She left again to follow her dreams to become the pop star she is now, and for that I am grateful. Lipa vocalizes where she is from and what she had to overcome to be where she is now.
Kosovo, being a small and southern-European country, holds gender roles very near and very dear to its heart. I see this every day as I am expected to become the perfect housewife for my future, perfect Kosovar husband.
Dua Lipa says fuck that, specifically in her song "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)". As she told to Genius, the song is about her haters that said she was changing too much, and not for the better. "People have told me that I’m crazy for wanting to chase music and wanting to do this and not really wanting to chase the normal life. Especially in Kosovo," Lipa commentates on the lyrics on the Genius website.
As said before, it's insane to wish for anything extraordinary in Kosovo and Lipa proves them wrong through her chart-topping hits and viral music videos. That is incredibly inspiring for me to see.
I simply believed music was made for men or blonde white girls. It truly wasn't until I saw a video of Dua Lipa singing in my home country that i realized I could fucking do that too. I cried. I cried a lot actually; I cry all the time though.
This is what many people don't see or just can't understand due to their privilege. The representation of any/every kind of person is so crucial to the music industry because it inspires different races, genders, and nationalities of people to motivate and believe that they can create art too. These differences offer us new genres, themes, lyrics, beats, and melodies that we have never heard before because we've been listening to same white male rock for so damn long.
While Dua Lipa does not represent a wide audience, she represents something to me, which opens the floor to countless different, beautiful people that can help alter this industry.
by Rrita Hashani.