By Jessica Radloff www.glamour.com
There’s just something different about country music royalty. Maybe it’s simply the fact of interviewing a star in, say, Dallas, instead of on the red carpet in Los Angeles; or maybe it’s the fact that so many of country music’s best and brightest have personalities that feel a bit more down-to-earth. In any event, interviewing country music superstar Miranda Lambert is its own kind of thrill—and there’s no denying that the business’s leading It Girl has become a force to be reckoned with across various genres. Simply put, our favorite Texan has come a long way since her days on Nashville Star.
Is Ms. Lambert still the Texas girl she was back in those days? Heck yes. Case in point: When we asked about her stunning gown at this year’s ACM Awards, she said she couldn’t say who designed it. Considering that knowing what designer you’re wearing is often red carpet 101, we took a pause, but Lambert just laughed. “I’m literally too redneck,” Miranda whispers. “I can’t pronounce it!” (She then dissolved into a fit of laughter.)
For the record, the designer is Bibhu Mohapatra, and while we’d consider it perfectly acceptable to be flustered by a tricky pronunciation on the red carpet before you’re about to perform in front of 70,000-plus fans (and potentially give seven acceptance speeches), what’s really refreshing is that Miranda’s just honest. That’s the beauty of Miranda.
Plucking a question from our Glamour clutch (Ed. note: she actually has the same Edie Parker clutch! That makes us fashion soulmates, right?), she describes what she has in her closet. “Cowboy boots and sequins!” she declares. “I’m from Texas,” she adds, matter-of-factly. “I mean, obviously! That’s pretty clear, right?”
But down to brass tacks. What, exactly, is the little red wagon she sings of in her newest hit single, “Little Red Wagon”? Is it a metaphor? As Taste of Country said, “If Taylor Swift cut ‘Little Red Wagon,’ we’d spend hours or days trying to decipher who she was talking about. For Lambert, it’s just a feisty punk song set to a country beat.” Then there are speculators like the folks at The Cut, who liken the wagon to “the most disconcerting euphemism for a vagina.”
“I think it’s just about a state of mind,” says Lambert. “You know, [like], ‘I’ve got this on my own. I’ve got swagger…I think it’s just sassy, and it’s up for whatever interpretation you have as a person.” So there you have it.
If you watched the ACMs, you saw Miranda clean up most of the major categories (Song of the Year for “Automatic,” Album of the Year for Platinum, Female Vocalist of the Year, Milestone Award recipient), but she was the only female nominated for Entertainer of the Year. What gives? “People are asking all the time why aren’t there more females [in country music]. I think there’s a lot of great guy artists right now and they’re having their moment, and it will go through phases, but there’s room for all of us.”
And Miranda doesn’t take the moment (or position) she’s in lightly. “It makes me so proud to have a spot here and to be waving that flag for the girls. There’s so many great female artists that have paved this way for me, and there’s so many coming along behind us. I just feel excited about where country music is going to go and all the female artists on the way up. I’m so thankful for my job, and I love all of the guys too.”