Paramore's Hayley Williams Gets Conflicted Over Cosmo Cover

07 April 2011

Paramore singer Hayley Williams has mixed feelings about her photoshoot for Cosmopolitan magazine, because she has spent so many years trying to stay out of the spotlight.

The rocker initially hesitated before agreeing to be the magazine's covergirl, because she hasn't always been comfortable showing off her sexy side.

But after being part of the glamorous shoot, Hayley feels like she is embracing her "powerful female" role.

In a post on the band's blog, the star writes, "I wanna talk about the Cosmo cover... as much as I tell myself I don't care and I wear whatever I want... there will always be those moments when I'm at the check out line at (U.S. retailer) Target and I see some gorgeous person on the cover of any ol (sic) rag... and I'm like 'Ugh, is that how it's gotta be!?' only to realise that... next month, that girl on the cover is gonna be me. What a hypocrite right?!?!

"Noooo. Here's the thing. My #1 goal when the band began was to make myself invisible... I've turned down a lot of magazine covers. I specifically remember turning down Blender mag when I turned 19. No one ever knew. It never made people focus on me any less... So this time I'm taking a different approach. All three of us in Paramore have our own roles. And finally I will accept mine. I'm going to be okay with being a 'powerful female'. I'm going to use that role to make a difference."

Hayley hopes that the magazine cover will encourage fans to feel good about themselves.

She adds, "I'm hoping that the more a magazine will take a chance on a girl like me, the more a girl will have a frickin chance in hell to be unique, powerful, strong in her weaknesses, confident in her flaws."


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