I hope you and your families are safe and well.
Hasn’t the world changed since the beginning of May? I am looking at my last blog and my life is unrecognisable today!
It is full on back to work, not as a live artist just yet but certainly as a TV artist…it’s all GO!
Posting short films during the lockdown has been one of the best decisions of my recent life. I had no idea these films would not only reach a worldwide audience but also worldwide press/ directors/ writers/ fellow artists.
Then a couple of weeks ago a new, really positive tangent happened and that was Shirley Manson’s unexpected but incredibly generous open letter to me about how she felt afraid to acknowledge me as an influence because I was mainstream and considered uncool.
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This is Toyah Willcox and this is a true story. I loved her growing up but I never admitted it publicly because I knew deep down that it wasn’t considered very cool by the serious music press to do so. The worst possible thing for me at that age was to be thought of as uncool. However truth was she fascinated me and I think it’s fair to say I studied her. By that I mean I obsessed over photographs of her in magazines and tried to emulate her fabulous,esoteric style, copy her make up, style my hair like she did. Toyah wasn’t considered very culturally “important” like Siouxsie was. She was effervescent. She had a cute little lisp. She seemed a bit nerdy and she was considered pretty mainstream. I was 15 and pretty mainstream myself but as I said, needed more than anything to appear cool to my peers so I kept my tastes to myself.
I owe her an apology for, upon discovering she was an idiosyncratic firecracker and not ice cool, withholding my love. I apologize. And I want to thank her. For everything . For being a weirdo. For taking risks. For fucking trying and not being afraid. I love you Toyah Wilcox. I wish I’d declared myself publicly sooner but it’s better late than never. “Don’t want to go to school. I want to be free. I want to be me” READ FULL MESSAGE