Lorde Discusses Her Style: “I’m Feminine, But Love Dressing In Boys’ Clothes”

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By Shari Weiss

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Lorde opens up about being a global sensation while also being, you know, a teen in the May issue of Teen Vogue.

“There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal,” acknowledges the 17-year-old singer.

She explains, “I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys’ clothes too. I guess that’s why I get labeled as ‘the grumpy girl,’ because I don’t play into that.”

Even her stage name addresses gender roles, which Lorde says she picked because she “wanted a name that had something to do with aristocracy.”

“Then I wrote the word and linked it. I liked the weird juxtaposition between it being masculine and tough sounding with a soft, feminine feel in the end,” she recalls.

As a child in New Zealand, Lorde says she “was friends with all the boys and kind of bratty, nerdy, and quiet.” “I was probably really obnoxious to hang out with,” she admits.

Now people of all ages are clamoring to get tickets for her concerts — including celebrities. “Believe me, it’s not lost on me. This time last year, I had never put new music out,” says Lorde of skyrocketing to fame and two Grammy awards.

When informed that Hilary Duff was at her pre-Grammys performance, Lorde expresses fan-girl-level shock. “This is the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me,” she exclaims. “That’s my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan — that freaks me out!”

There’s no debating that things are now quite different for the girl whose best known song, “Royals,” makes fun of the rich, jet-set lifestyle.

“Living in New Zealand, you don’t get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before,” she confesses. Lorde adds, “My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world — to South America, to here, to London — every day I kick myself, I’m so lucky.” The full interview with Lorde hits newsstands on April 29.

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