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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Dua Lipa attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Clarence Avant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for NARAS)

For me, my aim is to just be as good as possible. If people do look up to me, I have to set the best example I can.
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Dua Lipa is having an incredible career moment.

The Albanian-English singer took home Best New Artist at the GRAMMYs earlier this year, has had hit after hit with her songs like “New Rules” and “Swan Song,” and is now the latest cover-star for Elle Magazine.

Inside the interview for the May 2019 cover story, Lipa talks about what it’s been like to prove herself on the American scene, her childhood back and forth between her parents’ native Kosovo and England and how she keeps herself sane among the madness of celebrity.

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Check out some of her best quotes from the interview below:

On her family’s culture:

Kosovo has defined me quite a lot. We have a crazy sense of community. People know your business way before you do, but they’ve always showed me so much love. Somebody said to me in an interview, “You have an immigrant’s work ethic,” but it’s more this thing where you desperately want to be taken seriously. Being from Kosovo or Albania, there’s a stigma around it.

On winning Best New Artist:

I had crazy adrenaline. I was petrified waiting to hear what happened. When they called my name, I blacked out. I was so nervous. Lady Gaga was front row and blew me a kiss, and I was like, Oh my God, my brain isn’t working. 

On staying sane under the pressure of fame:

I can’t let the opinions of others define what I feel about myself. That’s something I’m constantly telling my fans as well. Platform or no platform, musician or not, everyone’s getting bullied because everyone’s got this screen and they feel like no one can see them.