Gwen Stefani Covers Elle’s Women in Music Issue

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Gwen Stefani rocks Elle in Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci (left) and Michael Kors (right).

Gwen Stefani may have bared her enviable abs as part of No Doubt, but the platinum artist tells the May Women in Music issue of Elle that she would never dream of singing in her Skivvies à la Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry.

“I don’t see myself in those girls. I usually put pants on,” says Stefani, who appears on the magazine’s cover in an mod-looking brown stretch wool dress with black leather trim from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. “I see these girls as more going for the sex-symbol thing. I was more, in the band, like a tomboy. Of course, I think every girl is sexy, so there’s going to be a little of that. But I see a lot of younger artists going more toward the sexy thing.”

Still, the face of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge can hold her own against those upstarts quite nicely, thank you very much: Inside the pages, the minimally made up Stefani flashes some flesh—and a Cartier platinum, diamond, emerald and onyx ring—in a white keyhole cutout blouse and black slit-to-there wool skirt from Michael Kors. The body-con outfit is likely not something the mother of two would have chosen when picking out maternity wear.

“You feel pretty gross when you are first pregnant,” Stefani, who was photographed by Dusan Reljin, tells Elle. “You don’t feel cute, you feel disgusting. You’re getting fat. It was hard. I mean, I’m very vain. That would be my middle name. Of course I am, you know what I mean? I love the visual.”

She also loves the aural. While the Grammy winner has had her share of pop hits, she admits that not every song will be as classic as an LBD.

“When we were growing up, some of the hits were legendary ones that you hear your whole life. But certain songs, I don’t know if you’ll ever hear them again,” the L.A.M.B designer says. “Because that’s what that music is, like a guilty pleasure, it’s right at the moment. It’s like fashion—it’s now, then it’s gone.”

For more of Stefani—as well as Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, and other artists profiled in the magazine’s Women in Music edition—watch this short film, visit Elle online, and pick up the May issue on newsstands April 12.