She may not be royal, but Lorde is sitting prettily on the throne of success.
Scheduled to perform at this year’s Grammys, where’s she’s nominated for four awards (including Record of the Year for Pure Heroine), the New Zealand songstress has cemented her reign as music’s newest darling by landing her first-ever Rolling Stone spread.
Looking fierce in all-black garb, the wild-haired teenager stares out hauntingly from the cover photo and keeps her hands firmly tucked away in her pockets.
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Inside the magazine's pages, the singer opens up her unlikely relationship with Taylor Swift, with whom she shares a close personal friendship despite having dissed her in an interview.
After accusing Taylor of being a bad role model for girls because she’s "so flawless and so unattainable,” the 17-year-old was surprised to receive a bouquet of flowers from the country cutie congratulating her on her success.
However, Lorde – whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor – says she hasn’t lost her edge, and stands by the critical comments she made about Selena Gomez’s music being anti-feminist.
"People around me, who I'm really close to, were like, 'Do you have to express your opinions all the time?'" she says. "I knew I was right."
So where does the brash teenager get her impressive confidence from?
"I get paralyzing nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado," she says. "The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find it strange or intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one word I always say in meetings: strength."