“Deborah Anne Dyer (born 3 August 1967), known by the stage name Skin, is a British singer, songwriter, electronic music DJ, and occasional model. As Deborah Dyer, Skin studied Interior Design at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, from which she later received an honorary degree.
She is best known as the lead vocalist of British rock band Skunk Anansie, a band often grouped as part of the Britrock movement in the UK and gained attention for her powerful, wide-ranging voice and trademark bald look. Mavis Bayton, author of Frock Rock, an academic book about women musicians in Britain, says that “women like Skin, Natacha Atlas, Yolanda Charles, Mary Genis, and Debbie Smith are now acting as crucial role models for future generations of black women.”
In 2015, she joined the judging panel of the Italian version of the talent show The X Factor for one season, and 2016 was the cover star of the UK’s leading Lesbian print magazine Diva. After releasing new music and touring with Skunk Anansie,
in 2018 Skin was featured as one of the cover stars of Classic Rock Magazine’s special She Rocks issue and was honoured with the Inspirational Artist Award at the Music Week Awards ahead of celebrating 25 years of Skunk Anansie. She also appeared on the cover of Kerrang! Magazine in November 2018.”