11 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Gwen Stefani: Her First Job, Favorite Color, and More

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Gwen Stefani at the 2015 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, USA on November 22, 2015. Image from Shutterstock.

Last updated on June 8th, 2023 at 08:54 pm

Gwen Stefani is known around the world for her platinum blonde hair and singing voice. Once the lead singer of the pop band No Doubt, she left in the early 00s to pursue a solo career.

You may know that Gwen Stefani is married to country star Blake Shelton, but we are willing to bet there is a lot you don’t know about the “The Sweet Escape” singer. Read on to find out some crazy facts you didn’t know about Gwen Stefani.

How Tall is Gwen Stefani?

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02/16/2005 – Hollywood – Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale at the “Constantine” Film Premiere at Graumans’ Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Image from Shutterstock.

While Gwen Stefani certainly isn’t average, her height is. The singer stands 5’6” or 1.68 meters which is neither short nor tall for a female in the US.

Gwen Stefani’s Favorite Color

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LOS ANGELES – APR 27: Zuma Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Apollo Rossdale arrives for the ‘Ugly Dolls’ World Premiere on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Image from Shutterstock.

You can probably tell by her crazy outfits that Gwen Stefani loves bright colors. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that her favorite color is, in fact, yellow. She states the color makes her happy and she tries to wear it as much as she possibly can.

Gwen Stefani isn’t Naturally Blonde

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CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: Gwen Stefani attends ‘The Tree Of Life’ premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. Image from Shutterstock.

We know, we were shocked when we found this out too. Although her signature blonde hair is what she is known for, Gwen Stefani is a brunette with curly hair. She dyes her hair every week with bleach-free dye to keep up with her image.

Gwen Stefani Hates Courtney Love

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Gwen Stefani on stage for NO DOUBT in Concert, Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA July 22, 2009. Image from Shutterstock.

You know the song “Hollaback Girl”? Stefani wrote this song to diss Courtney Love after Love called Stefani a cheerleader in Seventeen Magazine. Clearly, Stefani had the last word in this tiff.

Gwen Stefani’s First Job Was Working at Dairy Queen

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LOS ANGELES – JUN 09: Gwen Stefani arrives for AFI Lifetime Achievement Gala on June 09, 2022 in Hollywood, CA. Image from Shutterstock.

You might be shocked to discover that Gwen Stefani’s first job was at Dairy Queen. While she didn’t work there for much longer than her teen years, it did give her a little spending money when she wanted to go out with friends. It also caused her to put on a few pounds (which doesn’t surprise us!) and she was unable to button her uniform at some point and had to quit.

Gwen Stefani Was Once a Lifeguard

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Monté Carlo, Principality of Monaco September, 26, 2019. Gwen Stefani at 3rd Monté-Carlo Gala for the global Ocean. Image from Shutterstock.

Apparently, Dairy Queen didn’t pay enough for teen Gwen Stefani’s tastes as she also worked as a swim instructor and Lifeguard while she was in high school.

Gwen Stefani Didn’t Know Blake Shelton Before The Voice

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LOS ANGELES – AUG 13: Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton at the “Bennett’s War” Los Angeles Premiere at the Warner Brothers Studios on August 13, 2019 in Burbank, CA. Image from Shutterstock.

Until she worked as a judge on The Voice, Gwen Stefani had never even heard of her future husband Blake Shelton, even though they were both already famous singers with large fan bases. Or maybe this just means Gwen Stefani was raised under a rock. We sure are glad they met eventually!

Gwen Stefani Loves the Movie The Sound of Music

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NEW YORK-SEPT 27: Singer Gwen Stefani of musical group No Doubt performs at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030 in Central Park on September 27, 2014 in New York City. Image from Shutterstock.

Gwen Stefani confessed to Kandee Johnsons during an interview that her favorite movie is The Sound of Music. She also confessed that it’s one of the few movies she can watch over and over because normally she just watches movies once.

Gwen Stefani Has Dyslexia

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Gwen Stefani at the premiere of “This Must Be The Place” in competition at the 64th Festival de Cannes. May 20, 2011 Cannes, France Picture: Paul Smith / Featureflash

You read that right, Gwen Stefani was diagnosed with the reading disorder when she was a young girl. That hasn’t held her back any though, and she says singing comes second nature to her, even if reading doesn’t.

She Worked with Prince

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LOS ANGELES – NOV 13: Gwen Stefani arrives at the MOCA’s Annual Gala “The Artist’s Museum Happening” 2010 at Museum of Contemporary Art on November 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. Image from Shutterstock.

We aren’t kidding, Stefani is actually featured on a Prince album. She worked with the popular “Purple Rain” singer in 1999 for the song “So Far, So Pleased.” As a thanks, Prince would later work with Stefani on her album Rock Steady in 2001.

Gwen Stefani Loves to Help Others

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LOS ANGELES – APR 27: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton arrives for the ‘Ugly Dolls’ World Premiere on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Image from Shutterstock.

Gwen Stefani makes a lot of money, and while she does live lavishly with her husband Blake Shelton, she also enjoys helping others with her money. To date, she donates regularly to AIDS foundations as well as Cure 4 The Kids, which raises money to help the parents of kids with life-threatening conditions afford medical treatment.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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