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Lorde Says She’s “Sex Positive” In V Magazine: “I Have Nothing Against Anyone Getting Naked”

Submitted by on December 19, 2013 – 1:00 pmNo Comment

Lorde became a household name when her song “Royals” dominated the charts and the radio airwaves for most of 2013. Yet, in a time when most divas her age are flashing skin to get attention, the 17-year-old prefers to simply flash a smile. But don’t think the New Zealand native is as innocent as she seems. In a new interview with V Magazine, Lorde speaks her mind on sex, power, and fame.

“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,” she explains of other singers like Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga flashing skin. “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.”

What is necessary for Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor), however, is that she remains humble despite her new found celebrity. “It’s pretty mental, really,” Lorde said of her fame. “I made this music in New Zealand at 15 years old with my producer, who was 28—just these two random losers, really. Now all these people like it, and they care about what I have to say, which is nice, because I’m the weirdo for sure. For the most part, people have been really supportive. I feel very grateful.”

Lorde kicks off a North American tour across the United States and Canada in 2014 and is looking forward to working hard to ensure her longevity in the music industry. “I’ve been involved with record companies since I was 12, so I’m no stranger to sitting in the boardroom and telling a bunch of people way older than me exactly how things need to be,” she says. “I think having almost grown up in that setting, having that being totally normal, has helped me be good at being assertive about the things that are important to me. The power and control is with the young people now. It seems like for a while the pop industry has been run by a bunch of 40-year-olds. I feel like maybe that’s about to change. There are young people doing such incredible things creatively at the moment. It feels good.”

Check out another image of Lorde, shot by Philippe Vogelenzang, from V Magazine below. Do you think Lorde’s look reigns supreme?

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