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YAS QUEEN

ROXY BOURDILLON SPENDS THE DAY WITH TOYA DELAZY, THE ZULU POP-STAR-PRINCESS DOING THINGS HER OWN WAY
PHOTO ROSIE POWELL FREELANCE. TOYA DELAZY COVER IMAGE ALISSON CHAIGNEAU

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The first thing I see when I walk into Toya Delazy’s east London flat is a spectacular set of tits. They are prominently displayed and sculpted from plaster of Paris. Toya has her back to me and doesn’t realise what I’ve spotted. “Welcome to my humble abode,” she says warmly, arms outstretched. I respond by pointing at the mammary- shaped mould and demanding, “Whose are those?” She spins round, visibly squirms and admits, “My girlfriend made a cast of my boobs. They’re huge!” I nod in agreement. They are, indeed, a pretty impressive pair. “Hey, I had my period,” she protests, and we both crease up.

Once we’ve recovered from all the bosom-related hilarity, she leads me down a narrow staircase to her studio, announcing, “This is the secret lair where the magic happens”. The spacious basement is kitted out with all sorts of complicated-looking recording equipment. There’s the lingering scent of incense, a rotating light projector and a framed print of Pink Floyd’s iconic Back Catalogue album cover. If you haven’t seen it, just imagine a group of naked ladies. “To inspire your creative process?” I grin. “Obviously,” Toya replies, without skipping a beat. “Nothing better than the beautiful female physique.”

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We’ve got a treat for all you music fans this month. To celebrate the newly rebranded HearHer Music Festival, we’re giving you a choice of gorgeous covers with two of the fest’s headliners. So once you’ve downloaded the digital issue featuring “lesbian Pope” Shura, get yourself to your nearest shop and pick up a hard copy with Zulu Pop Princess Toya Delazy. Digital readers can also enjoy exclusive behind the scenes snaps from our south London shoot with the lovely Shu. Also in this issue… Actor and musician Carrie Brownstein on rumoured romances, homonormativity and Sleater-Kinney’s new album LGBTease: Roxy Bourdillon heads to Harpies to find out what really goes down at a queer strip club I’m Jenny Schecter and so are you: Why the divisive L Word character deserves a second chance How To Be A Gentlewoman: Carrie Lyell talks to Elle editor Lotte Jeffs about mastering the art of soft power in hard times Is drinking culture changing? Danielle Mustarde investigates the “sober curious” trend Mandu Reid: The new leader of the Women’s Equality Party on being visible and audible as a black bisexual woman Queervial Pursuit: Show off your sapphic smarts with our lez/bi brain teasers What’s it like to be director of the world’s first vagina museum? PLUS Travel, horoscopes and much, much more!