Vixen Chat: Ledisi Talks Revamping Her Image, Working with Lauryn Hill and Dancing in 6-Inch Heels



You looked amazing at the Black Girls Rock! Awards. What inspired the Alexander McQueen catsuit?

We had already had it for my video and I said, “Well, why don’t we just keep going with this and use it for the show? I’m fully clothed, so it’ll be fine (laughs).”  It’s hard to dance in a dress, so I have to wear something that I can move in. He’s my favorite designer and I never thought I’d be able to wear any of his clothing.  That’s not something I would wear around and about town (laughs), but it is definitely a part of me.

This is the most dancing we’ve ever seen from you.  What made you want to switch things up?

I just started in the summer. I’ve been influenced by dancing since I was a little kid and I did it on the last two tours that I was on, but never took a full class. So I took a Hip Hop in Heels class with Brandi Evans, just to build up my confidence. I’ve always danced in 6/7 inch heels, but now to really dance in them is amazing. We took private lessons as well as classes with all the other women who were curvy and beautiful and supportive.

What artists do you enjoy watching dance onstage?

I love Tina Turner. Of course Beyonce is incredible. And I love Liza Minnelli as far as Broadway stuff.  I love Broadway and the old Vaudeville variety shows.

How do you feel about being labeled as “underrated?”

First of all, it’s a compliment because people are still loving the boxes that they place me in and they are listening to who I am. I’m sort of the person that’s always heard, but never seen. You may remember my hair, but you don’t remember who I am or what I look like. Now, all of that is coming together with the marketing thing because I don’t think I’ve been marketed properly. And it’s changing because I’m changing and demanding a certain imagery out there for myself.