To say Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as Elliphant, is provocative would be an understatement. The Swedish export is that and then some. Her music goes hard and she lives hard—though, not in the way you probably think. She’s an animal rights activist, too. She’s a well-traveled machine who makes music reflecting her worldliness. Whatever they put in the water in Sweden is partly to blame, but her success boils down to her no-apologies way of living. Her North American debut album, Living Life Golden, drops September 25, and if lead single “Love Me Badder” is any indication, fall is going to be a wild one.
We caught up with the polyglot while she was in New York and chatted with pop’s rising cool girl. Oh, and we played with puppies* because everyone knows puppies make everything better.
Photographed by Atisha Paulson; Styled by Marissa Smith.
*All the dogs in this gallery are up for adoption! Learn more here.