Ellie Goulding Can Pack a Punch: ‘I Have a Pretty Good Left Jab’

11/02/2015 at 04:48 PM ET

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Ellie Goulding is known for her catchy dance-pop anthems, but those aren’t the only hits she makes.

Goulding, 28, is also an avid boxer – so watch out for her uppercut!

“Because I’m left-handed, I have a pretty good left jab, but then I did this uppercut the other day that was just insane,” the Brit told Marie Claire in the upcoming November issue.

The “On My Mind” singer says she loves the rush she gets from throwing punches and believes boxing has helped her as a performer.

“Boxing is very animalistic, and there’s a lot of adrenaline in it,” she says. “It has helped my stamina. When I’m onstage, I feel like I could go on forever.”

When it’s time to work out, Goulding depends on having a kick-ass playlist to get her in the right mindset.

“My trainer, Faisal Abdalla, motivates me with music,” she says. “If Drakes come on, I’m going to start killing it.”

While Goulding has discovered she’s naturally gifted at the contact sport, she has no plans to explore it professionally – with good reason.

“I’ve been told I should spar and train for real because I seem to have a bit of a talent for it – but I’d rather go on tour with my face intact.”

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Ugly, very little talent but great network ….. obviously !

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She’s beautiful, has a unique face and voice, love her!

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Dumb brit. Just get out of this country.

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