Elle Baez has a fearlessness to her that is so addictive. Her music bleeds confidence, and her voice exudes power. Her new song, "I Love My Body," has an unmistakable message, but Baez is relentless about spreading her gospel of self-love. We caught up with Elle to talk about the challenges she's faced and fighting for your dreams.
Why do you feel like it's so necessary to put a song like this out right now?
Elle: It is so necessary for "I Love My Body" to be out in the world right now because I feel that the body positivity movement has gained a lot of traction over the past few years. It almost became "trendy" to have curves and be plus size. Now, I feel it is going backward with these "trends." I feel that women's bodies should never be a trend and that curvy bodies should always be viewed as beautiful, worthy, and included. I also believe that the word "Fat" has so much stigma around it. Once I was able to reclaim the word, I had so much more power and autonomy in my life. I hope this song can be that for my listeners <3
What has been inspiring you lately?
Elle: Lately, I have been inspired by my fans. I know it sounds cheesy, but being an independent artist is hard, and all of the love "I Love My Body" received has really grown my community. I have so many incredible people who are telling me how much my music means to them and inspires them. They are making tiktoks and reels with the songs. Every single time I see one, I smile from ear to ear. I get DM's with paragraphs from fans describing how my music saved them from dark places. I just can't express how much it means to me and how much they mean to me. They inspire me to keep going and make more music. They tell me never to give up, and I never will because of them.
What has been one of the biggest challenges in your career?
Elle: The biggest challenge of my career has been fighting to be seen and heard. Being plus size and Latina has come with a lot of stereotypes and doors being shut in my face. From professors telling me to lose weight or being racially stereotyped in casting situations etc. I have continued to fight to open them on my own and be my own boss. I love being in control of my art and my work now, but I had a long journey to get here. I truly believe everything on that journey was meant to be. It led me to write self-love music for other little girls who can grow up and see someone who fought it all and made it to the other side.
What keeps you motivated?
Elle: A huge motivation for me is my parents. I released a song named "Fuego" that tells my Dad's story of immigrating here from the Dominican Republic. He sacrificed so much in his life to provide opportunities for his children, and for that, I am forever grateful. It keeps me moving forward and determined. My mom does absolutely everything she can for me, and I would not be the artist I am today without her. They are both my rocks.
What artists have been on rotation for you lately?
Elle: Ahhhh so many to count! But here's a list of my current obsessions: Raye, Qveen Herby, Amber Mark, Renee Rapp, Victoria Monet, Olivia Dean, Bea Miller and Holly Humberstone.
What is your best piece of advice for young women?
Elle: Fight for your dreams.
And when I say fight, I mean really fight. If someone is doubting you, prove them wrong. Never let someone judge you based on your appearance, and let that stop you from doing what you love. You are in control of your own destiny. But also trust the process. Trust that what is meant for you will come with time. And if it isn't yours right now, you aren't ready just yet.