Sia Reveals The Mystery Behind Her Wigs

by Michelle McGahan

If you've ever wondered about the mystery behind Sia's use of wigs, well, that's kind of the whole point of them. The "Chandelier" singer revealed this during her Carpool Karaoke session with James Corden. Though Sia has discussed the creative decision to hide her face before, this time she opened up about it in-depth. She explains that she wants to not only maintain privacy, but also cultivate a sense of ~mystery~ around herself. Intriguing, indeed.

"I don't wear this unless there are cameras around. I only wear this to try and maintain a modicum of privacy," she told Corden in the car, donning a black-and-white wig with a gigantic black bow on top that shielded her face from view.

"I was a singer for 10 or 11 years to mediocre success. I was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and I sobered up and I decided I didn’t want to be an artist anymore because I was starting to get a little bit famous and it was destabilizing in some way," Sia revealed. "I thought, ‘What doesn’t exist in pop music at the moment?’ And it was mystery! I was like, 'There’s pictures on Instagram of everyone at the dentist.'" All too true.

Sure, there's the argument that by donning these elaborate, over-the-top wigs, Sia is drawing even more attention to herself. But truth be told, that attention would be there anyway, considering how she's now a crazy-successful pop singer in her own right. By hiding her face, Sia is attempting to keep at least one piece of herself away from public consumption. This makes a whole lot of sense for someone who has repeatedly stated how uncomfortable she is with fame. But the decision to wear such wacky wigs is also a genius career move. Sia's right — mystery is intriguing, and leaves people wanting (and wondering!) more.

Interestingly enough, Sia's face is not actually a mystery if you look hard enough (or not even hard at all). She's attended numerous public events with her face right there out in the open, ripe for photographers' attention. But even though there are legit pictures of her face, there's something that is still magical and vaguely mysterious when she covers her face with such an enormous wig during her performances. It's as if we still don't know what she actually looks like when she's "live." Maybe it's kind of like the Santa Claus phenomenon. As kids, we're bombarded with images of the jolly guy everywhere from Coke cans to Tim Allen movies, but there's still that sense of intrigue to see what he actually looks like in the flesh.

Sia: Always remaining a mystery, one elaborate wig at a time. Never change.