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Flowerovlove on falling in love with music, her beauty icons and the power of saying no


High-schooler by day, rising pop-star by night. At 17-years-old, South London musician Flowerovlove is living the life of a modern day Hannah Montana. That's her comparison, not mine. Back in June, Joyce Cisse (her government name) dropped a cosy track named after the Disney character, accompanied by a playful music video where she's roving between the classroom and concerts. Barely six months later, Cisse is back with A Mosh Pit in the Clouds a five-piece EP full of optimism and introspection, with songs like Gone and Out for the Weekend. 

Between music and exams, somehow Flowerovlove has managed to cram in a couple of Gucci campaigns, modelling for Pangaia and Maison Kitsuné too. Which is honestly no surprise given her striking personal style, a look that wavers between preppy skirt suits complete with tie, white socks and mary janes, and relaxed 70s silhouettes, one she's solely responsible for. Is it any wonder that Alessandro Michele is enamoured?

So how does she do it? We caught up with the musician to discuss self care, how she navigates schooling and touring and the beauty advice she lives by. Find our conversation, below.

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty to me is when people are simply and solely themselves, when people are comfortable in what they have that others don’t.


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Describe what you do for a living? What does a typical day look like for you?

I’d describe my job as falling in love everyday with one thing (music) that I didn’t think was possible to fall more in love with.


Is beauty another avenue for self-expression for you?

I’d say so, yes. People can express themselves through hair textures and styles and clothing styles which all factor into beauty.


Are there any supermarket/drug store/chemist beauty product(s) that you use and love?

I love using Paula’s choice right now and I’d say I have perfect skin because of Paula’s BHA.



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Do you believe in self-care? If so, what does it look like to you?

I do believe in self care. Self care to me looks like saying no when needed, being selfish when needed, doing the things that make you feel good. For me that is doing yoga, listening to music and cooking some good-ass food.


You’re tired or rundown: what is your beauty hack?



Do you have a beauty icon? Who are they and why?

Probably myself because I love my face naturally and I have amazing glowing skin always.



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What is one piece of advice beauty or health related that's stuck with you?

To always wash your pillowcases and never do too much. Less is more is truly a fact. But beauty is also a mentality.


How do you navigate school, touring and keeping a creative output?

It is difficult but not too difficult for me, like I said I know when to say no and I know when I need a breather. It’s just about having a schedule right in front of you and just thinking about today.



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What were you watching, reading and listening to while piecing together A Mosh Pit In The Clouds?

Ooo, I honestly believe it was the show Girlfriends. It was my third time re-watching it because I just love that show, honestly! It’s a comfort one.


What do you want people to feel while listening to your new EP?

I want them to feel like they can do and have anything and everything they want. Everything is a mentality and you have the power to achieve what you want. You can build a castle with your mind. Believe in you. Do you, no one else matters, for real.


Listen to A Mosh Pit in the Clouds by Flowerovlove now.

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