"We wanted to take over the internet so when you search 'Skinny Girl Diet,' you find three punk girls, instead of the diet," Ursula adds.Though Skinny Girl Diet played shows throughout high school, it took a while for their peers to catch up with them, partially because they were usually too young to get into the venues. "At the start, it was sort of old punks [that came to our shows]," Ursula remembers. "That was a big compliment because they actually went to the punk shows back in the day." With the release of their debut LP Heavy Flow in September, the group has seen their fanbase grow in both diversity and number, but their message has remained the same. "We're three women of color making feminist punk music for other freaks and weirdos like ourselves," Delilah says, smiling.
I can't think of another band that's been non-white and punk…
London is well-known as a cultural and ethnic melting pot, but that of course doesn't mean it's not without its political and social pressures of oppression, particularly for women of color. "Especially this year, with things like Brexit, it's a reminder that a lot of people don't think the same way you do," Ursula says. "It's very easy to fall into that sort of bubble."Even their album cover, which features the three artists in period-stained white dresses, has received unexpected attention. "It's not even serious—the album art—which is funny in itself," Delilah says. "We're just trying to say… we get periods."
We wanted to take over the internet so when you search 'Skinny Girl Diet,' you find three punk girls, instead of the diet.