The point of fame, for most celebrities, is to be famous.
Not so much for singer Sia, who manages to headline awards shows and appear on Saturday Night Live without showing her face.
“She doesn’t show her face. She doesn’t put herself out there,” dancer Maddie Ziegler, who regularly performs with Sia and tumbled through the Chandelier music video, told USA Today in 2015.
Sia hides her visage with huge bows, wigs, and all manner of headgear. Sometimes she doesn’t face the stage, and lets dancers like Ziegler represent her instead. And on red carpets, it’s all systems go. At the Spotify’s Creators Party, Sia turned out in a black bow-wig combo. At the 2015 Grammys, she slipped on an oversized platinum hairpiece.
“If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous,” Sia wrote in Billboard in 2013.
That’s debatable. Having covered entertainment for 15 plus years, I would argue that most people do, in fact, crave fame and recognition. It’s why so many of them get into show business in the first place. It lands you coveted endorsement deals and bags you tons of free stuff, not to mention the adoration of millions. Which is why the Sia stance is so — well, oddball, in the best sense possible. She’s someone who wants to make great music and still be able to grab coffee in Los Angeles without being bothered.