Ella Eyre Talks Curly Hair, Getting the Perfect Brows and Her Summer Scent

We’re excited to continue our new series, The Close-Up, where we take a closer look at celebrities, influencers, and pop culture phenomena. You’ve read about them on the internet and clipped their photos out of magazines—but now you’ll have the chance to get to know them personally through fun Polaroids, handwritten beauty advice, product recommendations, and so much more.

London-born Ella Eyre was very nearly not a singer, her powerful lungs had taken her down a different path, one that lead to an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Unfortunately, ear infections put a stop to her budding sports career, but lucky for our Spotify accounts, she soon took up singing instead. Before long, she won a place at the Brit School, where fellow alumni include Adele, the late Amy Winehouse and Jessie J. A school trip to the 2011 Brit Awards, and Adele’s emotional performance of Someone Like You confirmed to the then 17-year-old Eyre that she wanted to be a pop star, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Fast-forward five years and she has a number one single Up All Night with Rudimental, the debut album Feline, a BRIT Award and two Mobos under her belt. I meet Eyre at the Mondrian Hotel in a suite overlooking the Thames on an unusually hot June day to talk about her new role as the face of Emporio Armani’s limited-edition summer Diamonds Club fragrance (£38).