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Arabian Moda’s Special Paper Edition — The Festival Issue featuring Angelina Jordan

Arabian Moda x Angelina Jordan

Angelina Jordan: A Voice of Her Generation

Los Angeles-based American and Norwegian singer Angelina Jordan emerges as a voice of her generation. With her soulful voice that belies her age she effortlessly navigates through a diverse range of musical genres captivating listeners across demographics.

Beyond her vocal prowess, Angelina utilizes her platform to address pressing social issues, embodying a spirit of compassion that resonates with contemporary youth. Angelina's journey from a young talent show winner to an internationally acclaimed artist serves as an inspiration, demonstrating the power of perseverance and authenticity in achieving one's dreams.

From Paris, we spoke to the rising star about her ability to transcend boundaries of age and culture and her unwavering commitment to both music and social change.

Angelina Jordan wears Dolce & Gabbana with jewelry from V Muse.
Photographer: HABIB DARGHAM
Fashion Editor & Stylist: VICTOR CONCEPTO
Makeup Artist: ANNE ARNOLD

AM: How did you start off your career?  
AJ: My whole journey started when I was seven years-old. I've been performing on the biggest stages for Quincy Jones and had concerts in Korea in front of 40,000 spectators. I met so many legendary people along the way. I released my EP called Old Enough and I am working on my first album too. It's all super exciting.

AM: Growing up who were some of your favorite musicians?
AJ: I’ve listened to everything from Whitney Houston to Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Etta James. These artists have inspired me to write my own songs and to bring back that timeless sound into the music that I put out.

AM: Having a career debut at an early age, what helped you remain grounded?
AJ: What kept me grounded is having my supportive family behind my back. If it wasn’t for them, I would not have been able to do anything I dreamed of ever since I was a little girl. I think it’s important that when you’re climbing those stairs and establishing your path to have someone from your family, your friends, your coach or whoever believes in you and has your best interest. Having people that support you from when you weren’t up there until now is important. I think that having a dream is one thing, but the hard work is essential. It obviously does not happen all at once it takes a lot of effort and courage. Not giving up is something that I have always had at the back of my head.

Arabian Moda x Angelina Jordan
Head accessory, earrings and bracelet, V Muse. Dress, Dolce & Gabbana.   

AM: As a young artist many girls look up to you, what is your take on today’s world?
AJ: I’ve been truly blessed with the gift that I can be a voice for my generation as a woman in my industry. I feel like there’s so much pressure with social media and the society that we are living in right now. It’s very important to have awareness about mental health and to take care of each other. The least thing that we can do is to spread love and that you are enough for who you are and that you don’t need society’s stamp of approval. None of that matters when you’re being yourself and you are happy with yourself. I am really lucky to be able to share all those feelings into music and it’s incredible that many people out there relate to the music I create.

AM: How important is songwriting to you? And how is your creative process like?
AJ: It is my way of putting all my sentiments into a song. I have my journal that I write every day and it's just based on all my experiences, or even on other people's stories that I really get inspired to write about. For my creativity flow, I love to surround myself with people, especially my family. Also, songs come together once I am in the studio during sleepless nights. I'll jam into the piano and then the lyrics come.  

AM: Last year you participated in the prestigious Le Bal event in Paris which attracted a lot of media interest, how did you join the cast of the debutantes?
AJ: Le Bal’s founder Ophélie Renouard scouted me on YouTube after hearing my songs. She wanted to bring together a fresh and modern cast. We looked at the background and history of Le Bal and it was an honor for me to be part of it. 


AM: And speaking of glamour, how would you define your own fashion style?
AJ: Being an artist fashion is definitely the second most important thing, along with the identity that I show to the public. I love fashion very much; I can do five different outfit changes in a day. But I love creating my own stuff as well. My grandmother is a big painter and she inspires me a lot when it comes to designing art and my own looks.

AM: What’s next for you?
AJ: This May I will be celebrating my 10-year anniversary and I just released a video about my journey. I am also preparing several concerts in the United States, London and worldwide. I’ve recently had two sold out shows in Las Vegas, at the same hall where Elvis Presley had his residency. I got to perform in front of my fans from all around the world from Brazil Australia, Norway Germany, France. It was incredible.