"I think I've been able to fool a lot of people because I know I'm a dork, I'm a geek." - Gwen Stefani
Lead singer of the band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani was hurled toward stardom with her three times platinum debut solo album "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (2004). Also well known for her Harajuku Girls, Gwen went to the spotlight with the band's international mega hit single, "Don't Speak," from the Grammy nominated album, "Tragic Kingdom" (1995). She also received further acclaim with the band's Grammy winning singles "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All" from the 2001 album "Rock Steady."
"It's always odd to talk about my fashion. It's something you look at. You don't need to talk about it." - Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani, who stands at 5' 6" inches tall and is famous for her red lips and platinum blond hair, was listed as one of Stuff's 102 Sexiest Women in the World (2002) and People's 50 Most Beautiful People (2004). Named a top fashion icon by British magazine Harpers & Queen (2005, also named as the Best Dressed Woman), Gwen recently launched her own successful clothing line, L.A.M.B.
On a more private note, the No Doubt star was sweetly linked to fellow band member, bass player Tony Kanal (dated for eight years). She is currently the wife of English rocker Bush vocalist Gavin Rossdale.
:: Childhood and Family ::
"It's incredible. When I was growing up my parents were folk musicians and I would have never listened to Bob Dylan by choice, but now I can honestly respect so many different ways of playing music and expressing what you're trying to say." Gwen Stefani
One of four children, Gwendolyn Renee Stefani, later famous as Gwen Stefani, was born on October 3, 1969, to parents Dennis (Italian) and Patti (English and Scottish). Born in Anaheim, California, Gwen grew up in Orange County. Her sister is named Jill and her brothers are Eric Stefani (former keyboardist for No Doubt) and Todd. Gwen Stefani, nicknamed Sunshine and G-loc, was a member of the swimming team in high school. After graduation, Gwen (who is also dyslexic) continued her education by attending Cal State Fullerton College.
"I don't know what I'm going to do, but I've always wanted to do the family thing." Gwen Stefani
While performing at a Los Angeles radio concert in 1995, Gwen met English rocker Gavin McGregor Rossdale (Bush band vocalist, born on October 30, 1967). The couple became engaged on January 1, 2002, and tied the knot on September 14, 2002, at St. Paul's Church in London. Gwen is also the stepmother to Gavin's daughter, Daisy Lowe (from Gavin's previous relationship). The pair now lives in Los Feliz, California (a suburb in Los Angeles), and London.
* Teen Choice: Tour of the Year, No Doubt and Blink-182, award shared with band No Doubt, 2004
* Nickelodeon's Kids Choice: Favorite Band, award shared with band No Doubt, 2003
* MTV Video Music: Best Group Video, Don't Speak; award shared with band No Doubt, 1997