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Sofie Winterson: The new songbird




A star in the making Sofie Winterson dares to bare (her soul that is) as the new face, voice and legs of Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa. We get the lowdown on the up-and-coming singer sweetheart



From Adele and Norah Jones to Seventies songstresses Joni Mitchell and Carole King, the rich tradition of inspirational female singer songwriters has always proved irresistible even in a time of identikit reality TV stars and manufactured lip synching performers. Deep, soulful melodies and beautifully moving lyrics, whether confessional or simply weaving an elaborate story, are lapped up by those of us looking to be soothed, inspired or roused to passion by our music tastes. Luckily there's a new face on the stage, the beautiful songbird Sofie Winterson whose dedication and commitment to creating gorgeous sounds are quickly making her the One to Watch around the globe.
 

“Music is everything for me, it's my entire life,” reveals Sofie who has recently been signed as the new face, legs and voice of Braun Silk-epil 7 SkinSpa and is happily grounded and quietly self-assured about her future plans. The most important thing is staying true to myself and my sound. As an ex-model it's easy for me to turn myself into the girl that whoever I'm around wants me to be, but as I've gotten older I've realised that the more true to ourselves we can all be, the more we can help and inspire other people – and the more authentic what we create is – which is essential with music because people can tell when something is manufactured and when it comes from the heart.”

Creating from the heart is evident when you listen to Sofie's unique, rich and unspoiled voice that obviously comes from a very honest place. As a child she was born into music and surrounded by instruments, while her creative family (from her journalist sister to her musician uncle) have always been close knit and supportive of her dreams. Following in the footsteps of singers like Carole King and Carly Simon who took storytelling and the idea of being on the road as inspiration, Sofie has taken her love of travelling and the beauty of being surrounded by movement in the various cities she loves, from Amsterdam to Berlin, as inspiration.

Of course, a hectic lifestyle and plenty of 'on the road time' calls for a natural approach to radiant skin and an easy peasy solution to hair removal, with no pesky ingrown hairs, which is why Sofie loves the Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa for the perfect spa at home experience. “It's really easy to use and leaves my skin very soft and smooth, with a healthy glow,” she admits. Beauty rituals and glowing skin aside, we chat with Sofie about what makes her tick.

Sofie WintersonWhat's your inspiration behind Your Eyes? Music is a chance to let others see what you see and also to explore various points of views and ways of at looking at beauty and the world. Music is a spa for the soul and I wanted to capture this unique feeling with Your Eyes.

Fave film? At the moment I love Drive, but my favourite changes all the time.

Inspirational singer songwriters? Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Bob Dylan, Feist. Other music inspiration? The Bird & The Bee, Arcade Fire, Beach House, The XX, The Band, Little Dragon and of course The Beatles but I hope and think they're an inspiration for almost every musician.

Fave venue to play gigs in? In Amsterdam; Paradiso, In San Francisco; The Independant and I've never been to the Royal Albert Hall (London) or the Carnegie Hall (NY) but I can imagine they are my favourites too! Who would play you in the film version of your life? Well, people say Hillary Swank and I look similar in some ways, she is a great actress so I wouldn't mind!



What inspires you? Lots of different things. Travelling, time for me, seeing other bands play, reading and going to the theatre. What do you most admire? I like people with self-knowledge, drive and a sense of humour. Those who are open and honest.

What could you not live without? Music.

In another life I'd like to be... a cat. You have no worries, you can sleep all day and everyone pets you!

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn? Audrey, I like the fact that she was a little clumsy

If you could go back and talk to yourself at aged 17, what advice would you give yourself?
At that age I see myself as a horse with blinkers on, not a real horse of course, but the feeling that you can only see what's right in front of you. So with the knowledge I have now I'd take the blinkers off.


Sofie WintersonSinger Sofie Winterson is the new face, legs and voice of Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa, the latest super sexy and sleek beauty treatment, which combines skin-smoothing exfoliation and fuzz-free epilation on even the shortest hairs! Go to braun.com to hear Sofie's song “Your Eyes” to create your perfect, pampering spa at home experience in an instant.

“Music is a spa for the soul” Sofie Winterson


Author: Isabel Dexter