First Look: Lorde Covers ‘V’ Magazine’s 2014 Music Issue


Earlier this week we saw an amazing photo of singer Lorde bravely showing the world what she looks like with acne cream on her face but today we see her a bit more glammed up. Lorde is featured on the cover of the new issue of V magazine as one of the coverstars for their annual Music Issue. When this issue is released at the end of this month, it will feature four different coverstars including Lorde, the band Haim, Say Lou Lou and Banks. Click below to get your first look at Lorde’s V mag cover and read a few quotes from her coverstory interview.

New Zealand high-school student Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as underdog pop hero Lorde, is a girl on fire. The self-aware singer, who sometimes dip-dyes her fingers in black paint, just raked in two Grammys this year, making her the third youngest Grammy winner in history. Now the “Royals” songstress fronts V Magazine’s March Music issue. She shares V cover duties with lady rock trio Haim, who are on alternates. There are an additional two covers to come, making it four acts total. On the black-and-white cover shot by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and styled by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Lorde strikes a pensive pose in a black Chanel dress … While Lorde is undeniably making major waves, she’s not too keen on being dubbed “the voice of a generation.” “Oh, come on!” she objects when informed that an NPR writer has just referred to her as “the Nirvana of now.” “I’m sure so many people will read that and be like, ‘Fuck off!” she says to V … On being portrayed as an “anti-Miley [Cyrus],” an “anti-Taylor [Swift]”: Lorde insists she’s not particularly interested in being “anti” anyone, even if, as she admits, she is demographically something of an in-between. “I’ve always hung out with people older than me, with my parents’ friends, because I appreciated the conversation. And even now, although I have heaps of friends in high school, I also hang out with a lot of older people. And sometimes with them I’m like, “God, this is boring!” But it means that I get to have these stimulating encounters with people that I idolize, which is cool.” On suddenly finding herself rubbing elbows with red-carpet-walking royals and finding it bizarre: “Totally,” says Yelich-O’Connor. “You’re right, it is at odds with what I write about, and the reality of my life until a few months ago. But when I go home, I still do all the stuff I used to do. I dunno…part of me feels like it’s weird to just get sucked into that world.” On being wary of Lorde overload: “I want to let people stop hearing Lorde on the radio all the time, because it’s kind of crazy at the moment. I’d like to give people a little bit of breathing room before I unleash something different.” V’s March Music issue hits newsstands on February 27.

Her hair is every. single thing. This is a great cover. Lorde is definitely hot right now but she’s very smart to not play into the hype that others are trying to heap upon her. Keeping her head out of the clouds and firmly on her shoulders will serve her very well. While I, personally, would love to be inundated with new music from the young chanteuse, I can totally understand her trepidation. She wants to enjoy a long career … and that can’t happen if she just blows her wad all at once, early on in her career. Lorde strikes me as an incredibly intelligent and savvy young person. She’s doing everything right, IMHO, so why rock the boat and change things up? Do your thing, Ms. Ella, you are doing just fine. I’m very much looking forward to the release of this issue of V magazine. You will note that Britney Spears is listed on the cover … I wonder if we’ll get to see photos and an interview from her as well. Hmmm.


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