With a dreamy haze and a soft, feminine mood, Charlotte Wales presents Adele to us in a new series of images for The Face issue nine. The cover is a pastel yellow with pink and gold hues. It’s romance to a T, apt for an album which discusses Adele’s divorce, heartbreak, and comeback.
The set is bare, minimal and rather understated, a contrast to Adele’s roaring recent success. Easy on Me, her latest single which dropped ahead of her album release, hit 84.9 million streams on Spotify, shot to No.1 in 25 countries, and received the most first-week plays on American radio of any song in history. It’s by far the year’s biggest single, and Adele is perhaps the most talked about it-girl this year, so the simpleness of the shoot allows for Adele the woman to shine through, over Adele the pop star.
Wales is no stranger to celebrity. She’s been on the scene for a while, shooting the likes of Emma Corrin for British Vogue in a similarly hazy style, FKA Twigs for The Face, and Celeste for Pop Magazine. And she’s the one behind those Agent Provocateur ads featuring rows of slender women in lingerie doing camp and sexy things.
For the cover story, Adele is interviewed by Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams. In the chat, she says that “Stormzy’s just got a really clean soul. His mum’s done a fucking wonderful job with him,” and that “If you want something, you do it yourself.” She also says that, despite the sobbing-on-your-sofa songs the singer is known and loved for making, she thinks she “can be joyful as well. You just have to sift through some fucking shit to get there!”
The issue is available to buy online.
GalleryCharlotte Wales: Adele for The Face issue nine (Copyright © The Face, 2021)
Charlotte Wales: Adele for The Face issue nine (Copyright © The Face, 2021)
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Dalia joined It’s Nice That as a news writer in July 2021 after graduating in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh. She's written for various indie publications such as Azeema and Notion, and ran her own magazine and newsletter platforming marginalised creativity.