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Gwen’s return

摇滚天后格温·史蒂芬妮的强势回归。

HAVING been in showbiz (
娱乐圈) for more than 20 years, she is one of the most famous women in the world.

Gwen Stefani has won countless music awards, topped the charts with many hits, and runs a popular clothing brand (
品牌). And she isn’t slowing down. As Elle magazine put it: “She manages to do it all and still keep her cool.”
The US singer, known as “the first lady of rock”, released her new single Baby Don’t Lie on Oct 6, after taking a break for eight years.
Stefani, 44, “doesn’t act her age”, noted The Telegraph. “She still acts like a teenager.”
“I’d never been a bad girl, or a rebel (
叛逆者). I lived with my parents until I was 25,” she told the newspaper. “My mom always said I was the peacemaker in the family. My older brother, Eric, was the leader.”
Before her success in music, Stefani got her first job cleaning floors at an ice cream shop. It was Eric who in 1986 decided to start a rock band called No Doubt and asked his younger sister to sing backing vocals  However, the band’s original (
最初的) lead singer committed suicide(伴唱). (自杀) one year later. “That’s when Stefani *took over as the lead singer,” said Billboard magazine. “She was the glue that held No Doubt ”together during these hard times, pushing the group to keep trying.
The band recovered in the following three years and released its third album Tragic Kingdom, which went straight to the No 1 spot in the Billboard chart and made the press focus on Stefani’s important role in No Doubt.
“What sets Gwen apart from Katy Perry and Taylor Swift is that she fronts (
领导) a rock band.

She was distinguished from the other girls by her height.

她身材高挑有别于其他女孩。

His height distinguishes him from the other boys.

他的身高使他有别于其他男孩。

I can’t think of any other female (女性的) pop singer today who does that,” her bandmate Tom Dumont told Vogue magazine.
Now Stefani is an icon (
偶像) in the US music industry, but she is honest about how being a celebrity (名人) has a downside不利方面. In an interview with Elle magazine, she called her weight a “daily struggle”. “I work out five days a week. I can’t imagine not doing it. I’d like to have no rules and eat what I want, but I’ve learned over the years that … if I let myself down, appear on stage when I’m not looking my best, it’s not fun for me,” Stefani told the magazine.
Bonus
短语take over的意思是接手,接管。例如:The billionaire’s widow has taken over the running of his business empire, including six London theaters.

 

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