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UNDER HER SKIN

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE, AS DIVA DISCOVERS WHEN WE MEET POP ICON GABRIELLE

GABRIELLE

WORDS ROXY BOURDILLON, PHOTO UZO OLEH

Gabrielle’s smouldering, London born-and-bred voice feels like a great big warm hug right down the phone. “My darling, can you tell me how to say your surname?” she purrs. “Because that looks like a sexy-sounding surname that I wouldn’t wanna get wrong.” I demonstrate the correct pronunciation, hamming up my French ancestry, rolling my “r”s for her entertainment, and she laughs wildly in appreciation. “That is a name and a half! Love it!” We’re mere moments into our call, and pop powerhouse Gabrielle is already charming my socks off. Both heartfelt and hilarious, she has a personality as huge and inviting as that spine-tingling voice that made her a household name way back in 1993.

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Welcome to this historic issue of DIVA, centring and celebrating game-changing queer women of colour. Guest edited by UK Black Pride director and co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who hand-picked our fantastic cover stars, every columnist this month is a woman of colour, and we've made space throughout the magazine for women of colour to tell their own stories in their own words. We hope you enjoy it. Also in this issue… Gabrielle makes our Dreams come true Black Lightning's Nafessa Williams tells DIVA how it feels to be TV's first black lesbian superhero Vida: The new Latinx series we love Zayn Phallic: The drag king with a heart (and hard on) of gold What does it mean to be Muslim and bisexual? Guest editor Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on why Black History Month is decorative Plus news, reviews and much, much more!