Dua Lipa Turned Humilation To Success—All Thanks To A Meme

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Reflecting on her success Dua Lipa told The Guardian the day she felt humiliated.

The pop singer recalled a viral meme from 2018 that became a turning point in her life.

Six years ago, Dua Lipa performed at the BRIT Awards, but it was evident she looked less energetic, resulting in a meme.

Watch the performance below:

“When people took that snippet of me dancing online and just turned it into a meme, and then when I won the best new artist Grammy and people were like, ‘She’s not deserving of it, she’s got no stage presence, she’s not going to stick around.’ Those things were hurtful. It was humiliating… In the public eye, I was figuring out who I was as an artist, as a performer. All that was happening while I was 22, 23 years old and still growing up. You have to build tough skin. You have to be resilient.”
- Dua Lipa

The meme “go girl, give us nothing” became an awakening for Dua Lipa's pop culture evolution.

The 28-year-old singer, who has just released her third studio album, Radical Optimism, says she’s still embarrassed by that chapter of her narrative.

See the meme below:

She told The Guardian the humiliation lasted “two years”and ended when she finished writing Future Nostalgia (2020) and completed her first performance of “Don’t Start Now” at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

“It never was like I couldn’t get out of bed because of what I thought people thought of me. I didn’t care to that degree. But that’s when it was most heightened for me,” she said.

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After the performance, she felt she had proved her haters wrong; “It was November 2019 when ‘Don’t Start Now’ came out, and it dawned on me that I’m finally going to get up and dance in front of people after what they have thought about me for so long...And I went back, did that performance, and everyone was like, ‘Oh, we were wrong.’ I got a real kick out of that.”

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