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Friday, 4 March 2016

2016 - Tigerlily Taylor: ​I was teased at school for listening to Queen

Tigerlily Taylor: ​I was teased at school for listening to Queen

Evening Standard - 3rd March 2016. 

The daughter of Queen drummer Roger Taylor says she used to love her father’s music — until her schoolfriends started teasing her about it. 

Model Tigerlily Taylor went to boarding school Bedales in Hampshire, where the “hilarious” Cara Delevingne was her dorm-mate.

Taylor, 21, said: “I used to listen to them so much when I was younger but I strayed away because I used to get bullied at school. 

“People would put them on at a party and be like, ‘Ha! Ha!’, so I kind of developed a bit of an aversion to them for a while. But I do love their music.”

She said Delevingne was “the only reason I went to Bedales and the only person I knew in the beginning”, adding: “I was in her dorm and she was kind of like my older sister. She was hilarious, actually, and we had so much fun.”

Taylor, who has a younger sister, Lola, and older brother, Rufus, the drummer with The Darkness, is signed to Select Model Management and has appeared on the cover of Teen Tatler, but has yet to decide on a definite career path.

She told Hello! Fashion Monthly her focus was on her studies at Sussex University. “My parents have always supported everything we’ve [her siblings] done,” she said. 

“Ultimately, I love English. I write a lot of poetry and short stories. I’d like to move on to novel writing and maybe journalism. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to go into yet.

“I’m just going to get my degree out of the way and then see where it takes me. My parents are very liberal and have always made sure not to put too much pressure on any of us.”

Taylor’s mother is model and actress Debbie Leng. She appeared in an advert for Flake in the Eighties which caused uproar because of its sexual references. On the advert, Taylor said: “It was great. At the time it was really controversial, but when you look now it’s quite suggestive but so much tamer than it would have seemed back then. It’s hilarious. Some of her other ones are even funnier. She did an advert for Lilt where she’s running along on the beach — all really cheesy — and jumps over a turtle.”

She said her mother influences her style, explaining: “Half my clothes are my mum’s from back in the day; full leather jacket-and-trouser combos, high-waisted leather Gaultier black suede skirts.”

She has no plans to follow in her father’s footsteps, however. “Drumming does come naturally,” she said. “[But] I don’t like to play in front of other people. I’m shy. Embarrassed.”