Lorde hates being told to smile. The New England singer (Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor) asks why does she need to put on an act for cameras, she doesn’t want the media to portray her as ‘sweet’. She was just thirteen year old when Universal signed with her and doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a stereotypical pop princess and reveals that she has admiration for woman like Pattie Smith for their strong opinions and a feisty personality. She told the new issue of Fashion magazine:
”I’m drawn to women who aren’t painted in history as sweet figures. Patti Smith was prickly. She was frustrated. She didn’t take people’s s**t.
”There’s no better music idol for young women, because there is a lot of pressure for us to be really positive all the time. Every photo shoot I do, I get asked for big smiles, and I shouldn’t have to be that way.”
At just seventeen she tries show honesty to her fans, as she thinks that teens theses days are just to savvy take any ”bulls**t” from other musicians. Also she wants to be an inspiration, saying follow your dreams cause it doesn’t matter where you come from. Lorde said:
”Young people have changed the way we view pop culture … we now have this discerning power. We all have Tumblers, we curate imagery every day. We can sniff out bulls**t faster.”
”There are very few limits on what can be achieved by anyone of any age, living anywhere and of any race, because of the web … I’m proof of that.”