This is freakin' brilliant. British R&B singer and songwriter Leona Lewis covers the "Disco Issue" of i-D magazine and is styled in fierce retro sixties glam. In the three-page interview by Paul Flynn the singer retells her rags-to-riches reality show discovery and defends the annoying talent impresario and drama queen Simon Cowell from all critics—"I work very closely with Simon Cowell. He knows exactly what my vision is. When I express my opinions and let him know what I want to do musically then it is heard."
Leona Lewis' first album Spirit debuted at #1 on the American charts and she was the first British female singer to do so. The X Factor winner says she was determined to go international and watched British and American reality shows to learn from the mistakes of others. "I'd watched American Idol. I'd seen what Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood had done and I'd wondered why, in exactly the same format of a TV show, they'd go on to do incredible big things ... and [the British ones] didn't."
The six-page editorial is lensed by fashion photographer Emma Summerton and the fashion director is Edward Enniful.
The styling is just fabulous. The bangs, dark eyeliner and mascara are
soooo Velvet Underground and Nico. The dress above is Alessandro
On the right, the dress is Herve Leger. Those sick leopard print platform stilettos are by none other than Terry de Havilland. Work. It. Out.