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Dua Lipa: The Unauthorized Biography

Michael O’Mara Jul. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781789294842. $24.99. BIOG
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Sullivan (Adele: The Other Side), one of the first journalists to review a young, pub-performing Dua Lipa, writes extensively and effusively of the many positive qualities of the pop phenom. The details range from her independence as a 15-year-old moving back to London by herself, to an artist determined to write lyrics that stay true to her personal vision. The book also portrays her as a woman embracing her own power to uplift other women and marginalized communities. Born to supportive Albanian refugees, Lipa spent years filling her YouTube channel with covers and becoming a master self-promoter. After signing with a modeling agency, her career took off once she filmed an ad for The X Factor. She quickly became Spotify’s most streamed woman artist, found her dance-crying style, and became a fashionista at the same time. Sullivan barely contains her affection for the artist, with insights such as Lipa’s hair having “the silken lustrousness of a shampoo ad model’s,” along with facts such as Lipa does not use auto-tune, loves to cook, and has a sense of humor. There’s a lack of new details, but her worshippers and followers will still enjoy this book.
VERDICT Strictly for Lipa’s die-hard fans.
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