Lorde has garnished herself an successful music career and the New Zealand native is on the October 2014 cover of ELLE magazine. On the cover shot by Thomas Whiteside, Lorde is wearing a black with white beaded fringe LANVIN FALL 2014 dress. Blown out curly locks topped off her look.
In the issue, she talks about standing up for herself & being authentic, the upside of expressing her opinions and more. Continue below to see her fashion spread and to read some excerpts from her interview. For more details, visit ELLE.com and pick up a copy when it hits newsstand in select cities on September 16th and nationwide September 23rd.
On standing up for herself and maintaining authenticity in the music business:
“A lot of times when people meet me, they’ll definitely try to make me feel young or inexperienced. Like, ‘It’s all taken care of’. Teenagers are such a discerning group of people. They’ll immediately sniff out anything that feels contrived. I’m, like, constantly scanning myself to see if I’m some corporate executive version of a teenager. I’ve developed something of a fearsome reputation. People know that if you talk down to me, I will roll my eyes or whatever.”
On self-constructing her persona:
“It’s something people my age have grown up with. You can go on the Tumblr of any young person in the world and see people marketing themselves. Everyone my age is like that now. We’re all hyperaware of how we’re being seen.”
On the upside of being known for expressing her opinions:
“People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say. They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that.”
On figuring out how to navigate career, fame, the media, and being a teenager all at once:
“It’s very specific. I have definitely learned how to be flexible. Before, I would just be like, ‘Fuck it.’ I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is shit, I express that. But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious. So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings. Obviously, I am hanging out with more people now who are not teenage; I’m in different circles. But I am a teenager. My brain is, like, a certain age. Everyone is talking about you. You have to learn not to care as much.”