Meet The Women Who Owned Hard Summer Fest 2017

An exclusive gallery featuring Tinashe, Charli XCX, Tink, and more

Photo courtesy of Myles Standish Pettengill III

The lineup for last weekend's 10th annual Hard Summer Music Festival was once again dominated by dudes. The fest is known as the intersection of some of the biggest acts in electronic music and hip-hop, two genres typically populated by male artists. (This year, headliners included Justice, Snoop Dogg, DJ Snake, and Migos.) But even if the bill was testosterone-heavy, there was still a murderer's row of female artists who were there to leave their mark on not just the festival, but on the industry as a whole. L.A.-based photographer Myles Pettengill was on the ground to capture some of the baddest female performers set to take the stage at the festival, and to ask them the question: What's the hardest thing about coming up in the music industry as a woman?

Photo courtesy of Myles Standish Pettengill III

Tinashe
"I think there’s initially a lot of competition between female artists that’s not only created by the artists but also by the fans, mostly because they are just so few and far between, and I think that there are an overwhelming amount of male artists than there are female artists. That representation in music is something that I’d like to see more of, and I think, with that, there will be less of that competitive spirit. There’s room for everyone, for sure."