Gwen Stefani

Sorry, but Alanis doesn’t know the meaning of ironic. When Gwen (Renee) Stefani burst into the public consciousness in 1995 proclaiming to be “Just A Girl”, nobody could have ever predicted how the lead singer of No Doubt would sky rocket to become much, much more than that.

The band enjoyed phenomenal success with their albums ‘Tragic Kingdom’, ‘Return of Saturn’ and ‘Rocksteady’, largely because of the energy that Gwen and the band brings to their performance, but it would also be fair to say that the dazzling beauty she exudes in front of the camera contributed. This propelled Gwen into the public spotlight, an arena in which she has shone thanks to her tongue in cheek attitude, cutting edge sense of fashion, and glamorous sophistication.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice your performance for high heels.”

But ‘glamorous’ doesn’t even come close to describing just how classy Gwen is – clearly inspired by early screen goddesses such as Marilyn Monroe, this foxy blonde bombshell oozes limitless style, sex appeal, chic, and funk in everything she does, while still maintaining a girl next door charm.

“I think I’ve been able to fool a lot people because I know I’m a dork. I’m a geek.”

Combine this with the continued success of No Doubt, and you potentially have all the key ingredients for a five star diva in a 5’6” frame. But the singer has kept her feet firmly planted in the ground, and has no disillusions about what she’s achieved in her 34 years. So, no hissy fits about water not being chilled to exactly 4 degrees and served on a bed of freshly picked tulips here.

“I think everyone has gifts and everyone has talents. If you are successful at it, it feels really good, but it never really penetrates completely. There are moments where I think that we made an amazing record and I’m so proud of it, but I don’t wake up and go ‘Wow, I’m amazing’.”

So what does the future hold in store for our anti diva? She’s currently working on her first solo album, which is said to be heading in a dance-orientated direction. She’s also about to launch her own clothing range, called L.A.M.B., which is sure to mimic her own unique ‘clash’ style (think – ska punk meets glamour while skating down the high street… in Jamaica). One thing is for certain: there’s still a whole heap of ass left for this girl to kick before her time is through.