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In addition to being one of the most influential female rock artists of the 21st century, Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee is also a style icon. The current Revolver cover star has an unmistakable look that she's been rocking since the beloved cover art of her band's 2003 breakout, Fallen, and former RuPaul's Drag Race winner Aquaria is among her many gushing fans. For a new PAPER Magazine interview between the famous drag queen and her rockstar hero, Aquaria donned a series of stunning outfits that were inspired by Lee herself.
Throughout the interview, the two spend a lot of time talking about Evanescence's first album of original material in over a decade, The Bitter Truth, and what it felt like to be creative in quarantine. However, at one point Aquaria asks Lee to describe the inspiration behind her look, which Aquaria admits she uses as a frequent reference point in her own outfits.
"My first vision for what I wanted to look like had to do with bringing very different things together and making them work," Lee told Aquaria. "It was this combination of classical influence — sort of like a film score, something elevated with strings and emotion — with the impact and aggression and heaviness of a hard-rock band. The 'look' was about trying to bring a visual element to the music, so the 'goth' thing for me was the classical influence — bringing in some Victorian-era stuff and then distressing it and mixing it with chains and dark makeup and ripped parts and all of that was my way of describing the music, visually."
She continued, "Alexander McQueen was a hero of mine. And just generally, I love asymmetry. I love it when things are super long on one side, and then short over here. Part of that I feel like is coming from something in me that feels fractured. Like, I'm owning my imperfections and showing how beautiful something not perfectly straight can be, if that makes sense."
They also chatted about the political motifs on The Bitter Truth, the pride Lee has for Evanescence's LGBTQ+ fanbase and the constant strive to be authentic. Check out some of the other photos of Aquaria below, which were all taken by Tanner Abel and Nicholas Needham.