Elva Hsiao: Sugar and Spice
Elva was the first artist that introduced me to electronic dance music within the chinese music scene. Before her, it wasn’t really something that I was really interested in, but she is definitely one of the artists that have had a huge impact on my tastes in music. I must admit, I am quite a late starter as an Elva fan, but my first impression of her, before I even got to know about her music, was her striking and unsettling sense of confidence that she exuberates. At first I have to say it really put me off from taking the first step to listen to her music, but that has actually become one of the main features of her both as an artist and as a person which I really respect.
Elva cannot be described in any way, shape or form as shy. She is the one artist in the music industry that really helped me to learn that you don’t need to act masculine to be a strong independent woman. I can truthfully say that no other artist in the music industry does it as well as Elva; being a confident , immensely successful , and independent artist who is most definitely feminine. Her role in both the fashion industry and the music industry I feel is important for women everywhere , showing off her style in a daring mix of feminine and masculine.
Furthermore, she is totally unafraid to be herself , and has the courage to try a lot of new elements within her music which I would never have thought of. She knows and understands her voice so well as an instrument, and is able to experiment with it, bringing so many new textures to her voice and to her songs. She is also unafraid to say what she has to say and is completely honest in terms of her views of society and in terms of her personal matters.
Being the first artist ever to confess to having plastic surgery is a big deal, but she didn’t apologise for doing it, she didn’t say that she let her fans down or any of that jazz. She took her stance and refused to back down, saying she had no regrets in doing it. And through this, she teaches her fans that sometimes, you have to make decisions not for others, but for yourself. And when no one else is on your side, you have to be the one who stands up for yourself, to call all the haters out, and do what you need to do.
She challenges topics such as cheating and dieting within her lyrics, and I was most impressed with her song <瘦瘦瘦>(diet diet diet) which portrays so accurately the struggle that many women have with their weight issues , and the pressure that is put on women to lose weight. Her deep sense of spirituality and her faith in god is also something that impacts greatly on fans, spiritual or aethist.
Overall, she’s not just some sweetie pie with a pretty face; Elva is one of my role models because for me, she is the epitome of courage, confidence and bravery. I think there’s a lot more spice in her than what you see on the surface!
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