The M2Woman Champagne Bollinger Woman of the Year 2016 award went to Georgia Nott, one half of New Zealand’s favourite band – Broods. It has been a monumental year for Georgia; she made the move to LA, Broods released their sophomore album Conscious, they took home the Best New Zealand Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards and dominated the 2016 VNZMAs, taking home five awards, including people’s choice award – oh, and she got married in a wonderfully private wedding. And she is gracing her first magazine cover. We spoke to Georgia while she was touring with her teen-dream band, Two Door Cinema Club, about the pressure she faces from the media to look and act a certain way, the struggles facing women in the music industry and women that inspired her.
On her relationship with social media:
“I’m terrible at social media, I never post selfies, I hardly ever wear makeup unless I have a show or press. My life is not filled with green juice and hikes up Runyon Canyon in matching spandex and a full face of makeup. I’m a married 22 year old that gets pimples and hangs out with the same five people all the time and watches musicals. My Snapchat is used almost solely to send ugly, low-angle selfies to my sister back home. I don’t live a glamorous pop star lifestyle and I don’t want to give the impression that I do!”
On the pressure she faces to be seen as ‘perfect’:
“I look through other people’s social media and analyse how they get/keep more followers, how they stay thin when poutine exists… I’m constantly conflicted with myself because I’m not famous or skinny or breasty enough. It sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it’s so true that these thoughts enter your head. I have to remind myself that I don’t want my sisters, my nieces or fans looking up to someone who values the wrong things. At the end of the day, being a good role model to them is more important than being someone famous and perfect that has a nice house with a pool in the Hollywood Hills.”
On her experience with anxiety and depression:
“I’ve had problems with anxiety for a long time ad been through periods of depression and I’ve seen close friends suffer through it and I’ve watched a friend be lowered into the ground because of it …Songs like Worth the Fight, Medicine and Freak of Nature are about my own experience with depression and anxiety. I’ve been given a voice that people listen to, so I want to make sure i use it to say things worth saying…It’s an issue that is very close to home and I feel it’s so important to keep an open dialogue about it.”
Check out the full interview with Georgia in our Jan/Feb issue – out now!