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Charlie XCX at L.A. PRIDE 6/11/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13)

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A verified pop music diva with co-writing and featuring credits on global smashes like Icono Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, and her own hit singles “Boom Clap” and “Doing It”, Charli XCX’s performance at L.A. Pride was nothing short of an infectious, spectacle of pure pop goodness. Insofar as Charli XCX has a history of being a vocal advocate for sexual equality (her song “Body of My Own” is her “feminist statement” and she also directed a documentary about gender equality titled “The F Word And Me”), her headlining L.A. PRIDE‘s second night was more than appropriate.

Charli’s performance oozed sexuality. The lyrics of her music lend itself towards those themes (after all, the lyrics in the chorus of her song “Sucker” are, “You said you wanna bang, well, Fuck you, Sucker!”), but it was Charli’s powerfully sultry stage presence that truly brought those themes to life. Equal parts sass and seduction, Charli would give the audience suggestive eyes as she flipped her long black hair while sensually moving her hips as her confident vocals performed each of her hits. At one point, as she crouched at the lip of the stage, she bluntly joked that everybody could probably “see her p*ssy right now” (she was wearing underwear … get your mind out of the gutter!), demonstrating the kind of “I don’t give a f*ck” freedom that made her performance so enjoyable.

As if Charli’s performance weren’t enough, the audience was treated to a pair of surprises guests. The first surprise guest to take the stage was pop and R&B singer JoJo. Charlie gave the stage to JoJo to perform “When Love Hurts” solo. Following that, Charli came back on stage to sing back up for JoJo’s first (hit) single, “Leave (Get Out)”. Later in the set, Charli invited Rita Ora to the stage to perform Charli’s hit collaboration with Ms. Ora, “Doing It”.

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