Who are the best and boldest new talents in the UK today? On the eve of the next general election, Dazed magazine is championing the young creatives setting their own cultural agenda.
Leading the pack is Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, who is taking a stand for young people – in her uniquely brilliant and outspoken way.
As she turns 18 just in time to vote, the young anarchist talks sexual taboos, feminism, and which box she’ll be checking come May 7.
People think we’re f***ing stupid and we don’t know anything about anything. You have no idea what it’s like to be 17 years old.”
She went on to describe the difficulty of being patronised and, refreshingly, likes to use the limelight to speak out on behalf of young people and the issues they face.
Whether I like it or not, I’ve become influential to people. I don’t wanna be liked just because I’m pretty. That’s f**king boring, and I’m not that. Lots of young people in the industry try to play it cool, but it just makes them look like arrogant d***heads. I’d much rather be liked because people realise that I’m standing up for myself.”
Inside the magazine, the actress dons a hessian robe with the hood resting on her fresh, make-up free face and holds a single flower in her hands. The photos were taken by Ben Toms and Dazed fashion director Robbie Spencer for our explosive, ten-page cover story.
Williams knows where she stands in the world of celebrity culture, and being a person many youngsters look up to, and has made her more responsible of her public persona.
And thankfully she hasn’t gone down the route of teen celebs – wearing too much make-up and not enough clothes – to increase her fame.