WOMEN IN MUSIC: GWEN STEFANI
Gwen was born October 3, 1969 in Orange County, California. Star’s father is Italian and her mother has English and Scottish roots. Gwen has a sister Jill, and two brothers, Eric and Todd. Success did
Gwen was born October 3, 1969 in Orange County, California. Star’s father is Italian and her mother has English and Scottish roots. Gwen has a sister Jill, and two brothers, Eric and Todd. Success did not immediately ﬁnd Stephanie, at ﬁrst she was a cleaning lady in cafe “Dairy Queen” and a saleswoman in a shop. Her singing career began in 1986, when her brother Eric and his friend John Spence formed a band No Doubt. Gwen became a lead singer of the band after her brother Eric left the band, hoping to make a career as an animator and started to draw for “The Simpsons”; and Joe Spence committed suicide in December 1987. New members of the band were together until 1995 – the year of the release of their third album, Tragic Kingdom, which included several hit songs, such as the single Just a Girl
After the release of the album Tragic Kingdom Gwen gained even more popularity and recognition. The same thing happened with a video for the song Don’t Speak. Most of the songs were composed by Gwen, who was inspired by break with her boyfriend Tony Canal, a musician from another music band, with whom she stayed together for eight years and broke up because he demanded too much freedom for himself. After breaking up with a loved one, Gwen fell into depression, which only intensified after the tour of Tragic Kingdom. In 1996, while she was giving a concert, she met Gavin Rossdale, a guitarist from the «Bush». Friendship turned into a marriage – the wedding took place on September 14, 2002; Gwen’s wedding dress was made by John Galliano. In June 2006, Gwen gave birth to her ﬁrst child.
Gwen is also known as a solo performer and composer. In 2001 she wrote few songs, one of which she performed duet with a techno singer Moby and a rapper Eve. For this song for the ﬁrst time in the history of show business, she has received two awards at the MTV Music video awards (VMA) in the categories “Best Male Video” and “Best female video”. A bit later, Gwen recorded her ﬁrst solo album Love, Angel, Music, Baby which was released in America on November 23, 2004. A single from the album What You Waiting For? won the ﬁrst place in Australian charts and fourth place in the UK charts. This album also broke the records of all previous albums of the band, took the seventh place of the charts and was released in amount of 350,000 copies in the ﬁrst week of sales.
Desire to appear every time as a new Stephanie prompted to organize her new business – fashion brand called L.A.M.B – clothes for all occasions, bags and purses. Gwen proved that success means business, and today a majority of celebrities such as Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Nicole Ritchie and Halle Berry wear clothes and handbags by Gwen. In 2005 Gwen Stefani was among 50 the most beautiful people in the world according to People magazine, as well as, in 2002, she took 22nd place in a list of the sexiest women of the world according to Stuff magazine. One of Gwen’s trademarks is snow white skin, living in sunny California, she doesn’t go outside without an umbrella.