PARIS — Somewhere beneath her disheveled platinum blonde hair, budding songstress Micky Green lit up a cigarette at a cafe here at the foot of Montmartre.
"I probably should be saving my voice right now," said the 23-year-old with a smile in her sing-song Australian accent.
Her debut album, "White T-shirt," belies a youth spent in sunny Down Under. Her sultry soul melodies suggest hours spent in the smoky dives of Paris' Right Bank, where she's based.
"I started to sing when I was four years old," said Green. "I went to an all-girls school, but I wanted to be a boy so I learned to play the drums. I bought this orange vintage drum kit and I taught myself to play."
It seems she's a fashion natural, too. Green was taking time out from rehearsing a remixed version of her album, which she will perform at the Vanessa Bruno show Sunday, and she's been tapped by Karl Lagerfeld to be among his guests at Chanel's show today. Her ability to cross between music and fashion is fitting: Since age 17, when she was spotted in Sydney, she has been hopping from Milan to Paris to New York for modeling jobs.
"When I went for the rehearsal at Vanessa's studio I was so glad it wasn't for a casting," Green joked.
Not that she regrets her modeling career, which she revives from time to time. "I was always traveling, so I'd write [songs] in my journal, in planes, in hotel rooms and in lobbies about love and relationships," she recalled.
In fact, she's written so many songs, Green believes she has enough for a second album, which she hopes to release next year.
"This little boy said the cover looks like Gwen Stefani," said Green, laughing. "I don't want to be put in that box. I'd prefer people listen to the album before judging from the photograph."
Her music is a play on contrasts, much like her personal style, which incorporates vintage pieces and brands like Vanessa Bruno, Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloé."It's a simple concept — I like to try to mix things like a sad melody with happy words or vice versa," she remarked, adding she liked to accompany many of her songs with claps and snaps. "It helps to put me in a place where I can access myself constantly."
Categorizing her music is a little more difficult. French stores stock her album in the pop/rock section, which suits Green fine.
"George Michael is in pop/rock too," she said. "I love George Michael, so that's fine by me."
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