Avril Lavigne Says She Never Had Much Trauma As A Young Female Musician
Avril Lavigne spoke to Ultimate Guitar about being a female musician in the rock music industry by comparing herself with the other singers. Also, Lavigne explained the reason she feels lucky as a successful and famous rock star who has been on the stage for twenty years.
Rock music has always been a male-dominated area like many other parts of the entertainment industry. Almost every legendary band had a male lead singer, as most artists didn’t even recruit a female musician. However, female rockers who deserve equal perspectives and respect regardless of sexist opinions wanted to change this way of thinking.
Therefore, musicians like Ann Wilson, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, Courtney Love, and many more fought to keep creating music in a sexist music world that didn’t respect them rightfully. Their efforts and success inspired other young rock stars like Avril Lavigne, who considers herself lucky. During her interview, she revealed that she had a chance to work with former Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid, and he let her wear whatever she wanted in her early years.
Lavigne added that she could preserve her punk style and learned she couldn’t have to wear ‘sexy’ clothes to play and sing her songs. Also, she still rejects the styles that don’t fit her even though it can cause problems for her management team. The punk rock queen didn’t forget to say that her family and Lauren Christie always supported her, which could be one of the reasons behind never having much trauma like other young female musicians.
Lavigne shared her ideas, saying:
“I think I was pretty lucky because I didn’t have anything crazy like that happen. I’m also like one of those girls, where people knew not to fuck with me. If someone did something, I would have said something. So, I think just in general. I was really lucky because I worked with L.A. Reid, he discovered me, and he was like, ‘Hey, you have your own thing going on, style-wise, so you just do you.’ Normally, we’d have people come in here, and you’d figure out your style or look,’ and I was just like, ‘huh?’
I was sitting in his office, and I was like 16, and I’m sitting there with my mom, and I was like cool, you know, ‘I’m allowed to keep wearing like baggy skater clothes and my fat skate shoes?’, and he’s like, ‘Yeah,’ and I was like, ‘sick!’ Because my parents, of course, we’re telling me, ‘Avril, you need to dress nicer.’ That instilled confidence in me. I was like, Yeah, I knew I had cool style, and he made me feel very confident in myself and kind of said, basically, ‘you keep doing you.’“
“So that wasn’t a challenge, although it continued to be a challenge outside of his office, because I would show up at photoshoots, and they would want me to wear like, f*cking pink laced blouses, and I’d be like, No. After that, a manager would have to come in and fight the magazine. I’d be like, can I wear my ties? They’d like to pull out my duffle bag and pull out my stuff.
I ended up getting to kind of really, just be me. However, I mean, I was just a little fighter, and I had to fight to be a writer, and then production-wise, for the songs to rock a little harder and be more pop-rock-driven and guitar-driven and even how they were stylized. In general, as far as that stuff goes, I feel like I never had that much trauma personally, and I was well-protected by my team and family at the time. I always had family on the road, and Lauren Christie, who I wrote my first album, was a really good role model for me, and she’s still there for me today.”
Avril Lavigne stated that she fought very hard to be accepted as a writer and producer while she was lucky to have the people in her life from an early stage of her career. Still, she deeply knows that many other women in the music industry struggled with constant sexual harassment and inequality, which ignited the ‘MeToo’ movement.