Style Crush: Hayley Williams
Known For: Singing, Songwriting
Style: Punk, Quirky, Fun, Unusual
This week's Style Crush is the fearless Hayley Williams. Hayley Williams is an American singer and songwriter who is the lead vocalist of the band Paramore. Hayley first got discovered at the age of 14 in Nashville where she was originally writing pop songs. The label, Atlantic Records (A&R), signed her as a solo artist, thinking she would be a pop star, but Hayley objected to the idea, and instead said she wanted to form an alternative rock band. Agreeing to her wishes, the A&R marketing department advised her to leave their mainstream record label off the album and go with a smaller, "cooler" label titled Fueled by Ramen. After two years of writing and recording, Paramore released their first album, All We Know is Falling. Now, the band has released four studio albums, All We Know is Falling, Riot!, Brand New Eyes, and Paramore, as well as two live albums and three EPs. Paramore has had 10 songs hit Billboard Top 100 and has topped the charts in Europe, even reaching number 1 album in the U.K. in 2009.
Hayley's talents aren't just writing music and singing/performing; she also has an extraordinary talent for staying strong and true to herself. While growing up, Hayley was a tomboy with divorced parents and a dream to sing. Being the only female member in the band who originally didn't want a female lead, her past helped her stick up for herself and make her mark. Hayley's ambitious drive, high energy, and fiery red hair have all become her trademark, forming her own style as she has grown up in the public's eye. Hayley is known for wearing punked-out ensembles that are anything but ordinary. She loves standing out from the rest and making a statement. Her unique style has not only gotten her noticed by girl fans who try to copy their role model, but Hayley has also won Sexiest Woman of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 in the Kerrang! Readers' Poll. Whether Hayley is rocking out onstage or turning heads on the red carpet, no one can ignore or forget Hayley Williams.