Lorde Explains Why She Doesn't Like Smiling in Photo Shoots

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Despite her obsession with singing about teeth, Lorde actually doesn't like cracking a smile for photographers during shoots.

In her recent interview with Canada's FASHION magazine, the "Team" songstress explains just why she prefers to be stoic -- or goth'd out -- in her signature dark lipstick.

“I’m drawn to women who aren’t painted in history as sweet figures,” she says while discussing the pressures of being a celebrity. “Patti Smith was prickly. She was frustrated. She didn’t take people’s sh*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.”

The 17-year-old adds that youths -- such as herself -- are very underrated. (See, the future does look promising!)

“I think young people have changed the way we view pop culture … we now have this discerning power," she explains. "We all have Tumblers, we curate imagery every day. We can sniff out bullsh*t faster.”

Not going to lie, I'd be 100 percent okay if the world was just full of Lordes.



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  • c1400

    Lorde's got a good head on her shoulders. She is my idol. Such an influence to all her fans. She means to tell everyone that they don't have to be what other people (even photographers) want them to be but themselves. And no, she's not "just a kid trying to be deep like all kids her age." She's a growing young lady who knows what she's doing and is being no one but herself. 'Just a kid' is a brutal understatement for anyone, especially someone as talented and intelligent as Lorde. And she is not obsessed with singing about teeth. Probably, you got that from her song White Teeth Teens, which doesn't even seriously talk about teeth, it's about a group of people that Lorde wanted to join in with.

  • Brittny Tyus
    Brittny Tyus

    So smiling is a bad thing. A happy person smiles. It prevents wrinkling and premature age lines and has been known to be good for your heart. She's right we can sniff out bs faster. And I can smell hers from here. She's just a kid trying to be deep like all kids her age. You can be positive and strong and a boss. Sthu and go back to school