"I'm really happy. I'm just trying to hold on to
that and take note of the things that are making
me happy and try to make a habit of those.”

As Olivia Dean documents her journey through
love, identity and belonging, the 23-year-old is gearing
up to be right where she wants to be.  Dean and I
have met once before, albeit via Zoom, but seeing
her again is twice as fulfilling. In that year, it’s been
hard not to keep tabs on the artist; to look forward
to her Instagram posts documenting her life and
potential new music, to soak up the glistening pictorial
memories of a musical artist navigating the infancy
of an illustrious career. And, if you subscribe to the
idea that Instagram is a real reflection of who we
are and the lives we live, then Dean seems to be
having the time of her life. 

And Dean has every reason to be gleeful. There’s, of
course, the satisfaction of having a musical career
that’s building organically, with notable
commendations including being named Amazon
Music’s 2021 Breakthrough Artist of the Year; releasing
a stream of tracks that pull on the heartstrings, leave
you full of love or desperate for it, introspective, but
coddled in opaque hope from the music. And there’s
also being an artist who’s beginning to reap the
benefits of creating sounds and lyrics that resonate
with more and more people each day. 

Covering our Summer 2022 issue in Chanel, the
artist talks finding her identity, working on her
WIP album and why she injects a sense of cynicism
into all of her love-soaked lyrics.

Olivia Dean wears Chanel

Photography by Buzz White
Fashion by Simone Beyene
Words by Ry Gavin
Hair by Pashcan'el Mitchell
Make-up by Anna Payne at Of Substance
Nails by Sabrina Gayle at The Wall Group
Editorial & Creative Director Huw Gwyther
Art Director Jeffrey Thomson
Production Director Morgane Millot
Photo Assistants Emre Cakir, Andras Bartok
Make-up Assistant Maeve McElholm
Assistant Designer Lily Pichon Flannery
Production Assistant Kai Roberts

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