New Zealand pop princess Lorde has been featured in every pop culture zine and print publication worldwide in recent months, and along the way a lot of adjectives have been used to describe and otherwise sell her image. This is common for every celebrity of course, especially one still in their teens (such as Lorde), but in a recent interview with the New York Times the “Royals” singer opened up about the descriptions that bother her the most.
Speaking about her image and the way she is portrayed in the media, Lorde revealed to The NYT “The phrase ‘teen hottie’ literally makes me want to throw up. I’m a pop princess at heart. Pop is about distilling what you want to say and making it easy. And the way I write isn’t about making things easy. It’s a weird juxtaposition.”
She added: “People like to paint me in a certain way, but I’m a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just don’t think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It’s not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn’t felt necessary for me.”
Later in the same interview, Lorde continued to touch on her efforts to remain the same person in light of her success, adding, “I would like to think that my public persona comes naturally to me and isn’t that dissimilar to my real way of doing things. I’ve turned down easily tens of millions of dollars doing what I do and saying no to things that I think are corny.”
“Royals” made Lorde the youngest female to hold the number one spot in the US in over twenty-five years. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, is available now wherever music is sold.