Amy has a trademark Gothic style, marked by her occasional use of gothic make-up (black eyeliner) and unique fashion which consists of often Victorian-styled clothing. She is known to design her own clothes, and sometimes even sew them herself, including those worn in the music video for Going Under and the dress she wore at the 2004 Grammy awards.
After she designed it she chose Japanese designer H. Naoto to make it for her, although she does sometimes make her own clothes.
Starting her own clothing line has not been ruled out, according to her, although she has expressed concerns about the viability of such an endeavor, as she has mentioned that she prefers to create unique hand-crafted costumes rather than mass-produced fashions.
Amy she often wears a corset or fishnet in concerts and has a notable piercing on her left eyebrow which is visible on the cover of Fallen (Evanescence's debut album), even though fans have noted she appears to have removed it (at least temporarily) in recent concerts.
Amy Lee stays true to her nature: she refuses to mince words, cheapen her image by using sex appeal in her music just to get a few more record sales. Amy doesn't buy into the more mainstream notions of sexiness. She refuses to tart herself up or show a lot of skin just to draw attention to herself, like some other singers do -- she says such antics are tragic and sad.
She has stated on a number of occasions that she would never "flash" herself or engage in other publicity stunts which would draw attention to herself. In fact, in the music video of "Everybody's Fool," she seeks to mock such artists by suggesting celebrities who use sex to appeal to an audience are "everybody's fool" and are in fact, merely peddling "lies". Amy does not want, even less need, to do these things to sell records.
Many fans have also suggested that she is very down to earth and refuses to be politically correct. In a recent interview, for instance, she called Velvet Revolver's latest album "a bore." She also uses profanity without hesitation.
She has said, flat out, she is a Christian and is "very" in touch with her spirit.
Amy Lee has a no-nonsense personality. She's gone on record criticizing other artists, like Britney Spears: "Spears doesn't rock," she says. "She's a mechanical pop robot." But at the same time, Amy's propensity to speak her mind can get her into trouble, like when she suggested that Evanescence's Terry Balsamo left his old band, Cold, because Cold's singer was in rehab.
Despite, Amy has the goods, which make up for her "lack of diplomacy". She brings a wide and eclectic group of influences to her work, from Björk to Tori Amos to Danny Elfman.
Her ethereal voice and lyrical talent give Evanescence a kind of lush heaviness the band would otherwise lack; then again, if it weren't for her determination, the band would not have formed or stayed together in the first place.
Artists that have influenced her and her band's music include Björk, Tori Amos, Korn, Soundgarden, Portishead, Nirvana and Coldplay.
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