“We want to make music for girls to feel powerful and liberated. Fair enough to people writing songs about heartbreak, but when I’m sad I want to listen to music that’s about more than just love affairs. We want to make music for girls like us. So when you search ‘Skinny Girl Diet’, you find three punk girls, instead of the diet.”

Skinny Girl Diet Band

The name

Originally, there were just two members in the band – Delilah and Ursula. The sisters started playing music together in 2009 under the name Typical Girls.  But after Amelia, their cousin, joined the band they decided to “amp it up a little bit more” and change the group’s title. ‘Skinny Girl Diet’ came to Delilah’s mind accidentally when she was surfing through the Internet.

“I was scrolling through Tumblr one day and there was a tag called #skinnygirldiet,” – Delilah shares. “It was pictures of girls with their ribcages showing—it was sickening. So the name is a sort of social commentary on that. The beauty ideal is skinny, but skinny girls still feel the pressure to diet”.

Skinny Girl Diet Band

Glam and labels

After covering Dusty Sprinfield’s “Spooky” for Claire Barrow attracted attention of fashion critics and stylists, but the band doesn’t want to be associated with glamour world. “Male bands don’t have to deal with that problem,” – Ursula says. “As women, if you’re not focused on your image this industry doesn’t take you seriously. With a punk-type band, you can’t be too glamorous otherwise punks don’t get it, they’re like, “Why are they dressing up?” And when you do roll up, just woken up, with ripped jeans on, people say, “They don’t try, they’re dirty.” You can’t win”.

Skinny Girl Diet Band

Even Guardian made a review, describing the group’s outfit: “The effort they’ve put into their clothes – Delilah wears a quirky trouser suit adorned with slogans and her sister a silver lamé jumpsuit, while Cutler goes for a regulation riot grrrl pinafore dress – suggests they are keen to impress. If only tonight’s sound was as slick as their look.”

But ‘Skinny Girl Diet’ doesn’t care about it. The only thing that really bothers them is being labeled. “I hate labels. We want to completely defy everything,” – Ursula says. “If we’re unique and no one can really pinpoint it, good. As soon as you’re labeled, it’s limiting. That’s why I don’t really want to be called ‘Riot Grrrl’ or ‘punk.’ Riot Grrrl was accused of not including people of color—if you did your research, you’d know we wouldn’t be a part of Riot Grrrl at that time.”

Skinny Girl Diet Band

Feminism and politics

These two components are basics for the band. All their songs are filled with political protest and feminist ideas. However ‘Skinny Girl Diet’ supports not talking about it, but problem solving. “You’ve got people on Instagram, writing ‘feminism’ on [underwear] and spouting on about being activists”, – Ursula explains. “What are you actually doing? Come to the marches! Create a band where you get shit for actually living your feminism. Go find a like-minded person to share your views with and have a discussion and a debate. Physical things are so important in this internet driven age, and doing things makes you feel like you’ve achieved so much more”.

‘Doing things’ helps the band to create and make music with meaning. It’s the group’s main aim: “If we wanted to get money, we wouldn’t have a name like this. So the ultimate goal is to be able to do this, which is something we all love doing.”

Skinny Girl Diet Band

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