Singer Gwen Stefani is a woman of many talents, from songwriter to fashion designer and Mom of three boys. While many of her achievements are well-known, including her Grammy nod in 2006 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, here are five surprising facts you may not know about the American singer… yet.
1. Gwen Stefani has ska music roots
Did you know that her on-again, off-again music group No Doubt has ska roots? Yes, when the group first formed in 1986, they primarily did ska type music. Over time, as the group released albums, they picked up punk, pop and rock sounds that made for original hit songs such as “Hey Baby” and “Spiderwebs.”
2. Gwen Stefani is related to Madonna
It’s a bit of a stretch, but Gwen Stefani and Madonna are distant relatives. Their family connection is through the mother-in-law of a great aunt. So, they are distant cousins with great vocals – now that’s a surprising fact (the cousin part, not the talent).
3. Her workout routine: Traditionally male exercises
While it’s no secret that the singer has amazing abs, as she often shows through her short shirts during her concert performances, it may surprise you to learn that her workout routine is very male-oriented rather than being one targeted to a female body. She prefers traditional male activities such as boxing and lifting free weights. Given her toned stomach muscles, arms and legs, I’d say the method is working well for her! Way to kick aside male stereotypes too.
4. Music records set by ‘Hollaback Girl’
The hit single ‘Hollaback Girl’ by Gwen Stefani is a favorite with fans, but a surprising fact is that it was the first song to sell one million digital downloads legally. That’s pretty amazing considering it was part of her first solo album! It also got several Grammy nods at the 48th ceremony of the awards show.
5. Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress is part of a museum display
Remember the unique white-and-pink wedding dress that the singer wore for her 2002 wedding to former “Bush” lead singer Gavin Rossdale? The lovely dress is now on display with the lace veil at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Also in the collection is Kate Moss’ dress that she wore in 2011 when she wed musician Jamie Hince.
Do you know any other surprising facts about the talented singer?