Papi Pacify Yourself with Ten of FKA Twigs’ Best Looks

Fact: LP1, the debut album of British R&B renegade FKA Twigs, won’t be released until August 12th. Fact: all ten tracks are currently streaming in full via iTunes Radio. Fact: we are not worthy of such a generous gift. Fact: if you haven’t heard of FKA Twigs, a.k.a. former backup dancer Tahliah Barnett, before now, you are excused from this website so that you can immerse yourself in Twigs’ particular brand of codeine-soaked vocals. This is not a drill.

LP1 defies classification — is it human? Robot? Dancer? Are the lyrics coy or creepy? Permissive or aggressive? The album is quiet and yet it echoes, lingering in your body like a ghost. It is ethereal and simultaneously almost too grounded, crawling and skittering and cracking like burdened wood or the bones that gave Twigs her moniker.

Twigs’ music is exciting, alluring enough to goad you to listen but alien enough to ensure you’ll keep your distance. The same can be said for the singer’s style: swaths of gauzy fabric shroud twig’s lithe frame and you think she looks like a character out of a Jim Henson pitch; then, with the pop of a hip, the dress folds back and reveals the bold angularity of a harness cutting across a clavicle. She has definitely upgraded from standing behind Jessie J looking like some Are You Afraid of The Dark version of a doll. In honor of LP1, we looked back at some of our favorite Twigs looks, from her haunting music videos to her live performances to magazine spreads.

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