Lana Del Rey: ‘I feel like my work’s important, but I don’t get respect for it’

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey covers the June issue of Canada’s Fashion magazine to promote herself, I guess. Okay, that was probably a little bit harsh. Lana does actually hold a bit of relevance lately since one of her songs, “Young and Beautiful,” appears on The Great Gatsby soundtrack. You can hear the song here, and to me, it pretty much sounds like every other Lana tune. This Fashion spread is very vintage inspired like many other Lana-centric photoshoots, and I have to say that she does have an amazing figure. As far as the mood of her modelling goes in this shoot, I think she’s trying way too hard, but her fans will probably dig it.

In the interview, Lana seems to be quite hurt at the fact that her music and fabricated image are not universally loved. Certainly, she’s found enough acceptance because she’s landing lucrative fashion contracts, and she’s won the approval of David Lynch, but that’s not enough for Lana. She’s put herself in the public eye (which arrives with both good and bad feedback, as most famous and non-famous people realize), yet she wants to be adored by all and criticized by none. I don’t think she’s even speaking of her desire to be a humanitarian like Angelina Jolie — this seems like it’s all about her music. Lana says that her critics make her want to give up on her recovering alcoholic status. I’m tempted to feel sorry for her, but I can’t think of a single celebrity who receives universal fan and critical acclaim. Here are some excerpts:

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

She’s a tortured artist: “If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist. I feel like my work’s important, but I don’t always feel like I get respect for it…when I feel like people don’t like this music and that the 10 years I spent making what I made was not for a good reason, that makes me want to drink again.”

She wants industry cred: “Feeling like you’re respected among the people who do the same thing you do is incredible and necessary. I don’t believe in the school of hard knocks, although I’ve had them. All that stuff about whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is so not true. Do you know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.”

She loves Lindsay Lohan: “She’s really interesting, and she’s a fan of mine and she knows that I love her too. Anyone who has enough online traction and gains a lot of opinions about them can empathize with her. We are in a similar boat.”

Boyfriend Barrie-James O’Neil motivates her: “Whenever I’m not writing he always asks, ‘why aren’t you writing?’ We kick each others asses. We give each other input every night.”

[From FASHION magazine]

Yeah, I’ll bet that Lana’s boyfriend inspires her and gives her input every night … like when he tells her that she tastes like a a carbonated beverage. As for Lana’s hurt feelings, I really don’t know what to say. She seems to want to be respected by all, and she doesn’t realize that she’s still very new to the entertainment business. She hasn’t paid any real dues or won any Grammys, right? Right.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Photos courtesy of Fashion magazine

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  1. carmen says:

    They need to stop trying to make this girl happen. She’s like the Kate Upton of music.

  2. Faye says:

    I so do not get the sudden fame of this woman. She seems to have cropped up from nowhere, and IMO has very little talent, but she’s freaking everywhere. Didn’t she even have a Mulberry bag named after her?

    Also, stop whining about not getting enough respect for your “art.” Try being a teacher, police officer, or even a government worker and then come back to me about respect.

    • siobhan says:

      I agree with you. I work at a jail and not getting respect is practically a job requirement. She needs to get over herself.

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        Thank you. I work for a local govenment office and the verbal abuse I take while actually trying to help people is depressing as hell. “It makes me want to drink again”. Oh STFU Lana.

      • whipmyhair says:

        Look, you work in a jail and therefore deserve no respect. From anyone. Ever. What’s her face is an ARTIST and we should feel blessed to have read this article. I now know that all the bad stuff in my life doesn’t teach me anything; gotta remember that for the grandkids.

        (Though actually you are probably an amazing and strong woman, just incase you didn’t see the sarcasm dripping off my comment)

      • j-asorous says:

        Oh that makes you wanna drink? I thought hanging out with Lohan had something to do with it.

    • Ginger says:

      As a government worker…thank you!

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        Civil servants unite! :D

      • Faye says:

        Well, in the interests of full disclosure you should know I’m in the SES at national HQ for a federal agency, so it’s not a totally altruistic sentiment :) . I don’t work with the public, but I have mad respect for my fellow civil servants who do. I think people don’t realize how outright dangerous it can be sometimes (shootings at Social Security field offices, for examples).

        We get flak from everyone. No matter how hard-working, honest, and well-intentioned government workers are (and honestly, the majority are), there’s just constant trashing of them. Plus, every time there’s a big government scandal it’s always some “little person” who gets the blame for it (GSA conference in Vegas, Benghazi, IRS targeting conservatives and tea parties). Please. As if middle management or field office workers have the powers to make those kinds of decisions! I try to take my department out to lunch and treat them now and then, and give nice gifts at Christmas, just so they know someone appreciates them.

        Anyway, yes, civil servants unite, and Lana Del Ray, get real :) .

    • Rosalind says:

      If she is an artist, I think she needs to find another profession. Her music sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me.

  3. Meow Mix says:

    Well that interview certainly didn’t help me to like her more. She sounds so incredibly self absorbed.

  4. Leen says:

    Well, I think you can be respected and not liked. There are a lot of people in my field who I respect their work, even though I dislike it and disagree with it.

    I think that’s what she means though.

  5. allons-y alonso says:

    You’ll get respect from me when you turn out something that doesn’t make my ears bleed Ms Ray…I’m not holding my breath

  6. CandyKay says:

    @Faye, I agree with you. It seems to me that she must have some very influential backer who is making a lot of calls on her behalf.

  7. Amelia says:

    Oh, please.
    Get over yourself.
    You’ve got a recording deal, you’ve sold a decent amount of records and you’ve got a lunatic fanbase who are campaigning for an Oscar nom. for Young and Beautiful (genuinely).
    Stop feeling sorry for yourself and either shut up and get on with your work, or bugger off.
    Preferably the latter.

  8. annaloo. says:

    As an artist, I say join the club, Lana. Join the club.

  9. serena says:

    I was starting to get interested in her.. then I read she likes more.

  10. s says:

    she’s gorgeous but very bitter. I love the clothes in this shoot, esp. the swimsuit.

  11. manta says:

    Well, since I’m the kind of person that usually runs the other way when I’m told something or someone is a must see or hear,I had never paid much attention to her.
    But in 2012 came out the new album of Bobby Womack, one of may favorite artists. I was plesantly surprised by his duet with her.I think, guided and produced by good professionals, she can offer good material. I would listen to a record composed and arranged by Damon Albarn.

  12. Amy says:

    I love her retro look, though.

  13. Tessa says:

    I respect her music. It’s good. It’s sometimes great, really great. Then, she opens her mouth…

    Such a letdown. She thinks she’s the shit, and she really hasn’t paid her dues. She wants to be treated as a music goddess and has barely even been on the scene for two years. What does she expect? No humility = no respect for me.

  14. Sisi says:

    Heh, she sounds like Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun after he didn’t get nominated for a Grammy, which they thought he DESERVED. And JB has actually been in the industry longer and has more albums/singles than ms. del Rey… And we thought he was acting spoiled too, so…

  15. Dedrie says:

    mumble.. mumble.. yeah.. babe.. mumble.. sads.. mumble

  16. Micki says:

    I get depressed every time I hear ” Sommertime sadness”, it’s hard to win me over.

  17. Mirella says:

    Daddy’s money can buy you a career, but it can’t buy you adoration.

  18. Dhavynia says:

    Cry me a river

    Bitch will never know what “starting from the bottom” means

    BTW I think everyone is born an artist some people just happen to know how to find it and release from within so you’re nothing special girl

  19. Ellie66 says:

    She is boring musically everything sounds like she took a handful of Valuim before she started singing. I do like the clothes and styling love the retro look.

  20. bns says:

    She has some good songs, but she should shut up.

  21. TheOriginalKitten says:

    STFU, Lana-your music sucks.

  22. Katie Too says:

    Missed the hate on her and even any of her earlier music, but I quite like her new song. Actually, like the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, nearly the whole thing is good.

    Still not sure how acceptable it was was for Bey to cover Winehouse.

  23. Trudy says:

    I love her music! Thats all. I really dont care about her personal life.

  24. Chicagogurl says:

    Welp, she’s hung out with Axl Rose and the cracken long enough for their egos to rub off.

  25. Onasan says:

    “The world needs poetry now more than ever. It’s the only thing that can keep music from copying itself and sounding the same”

    That is rich, considering she practically lifted an old greek song’s melody for her Video Games song.

    Here’s the link, the singing starts at :40 — am I right?? :!

  26. RobN says:

    There are very few people I actively dislike; she is one of them.

  27. sauvage says:

    “If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist. I feel like my work’s important, but I don’t always feel like I get respect for it…”

    Dear Lana Del Rey, you are not curing cancer or feeding the hungry. And I’m saying this as someone who loves music in general and bought your album.

    Also, am I the only one who feels that the term “artist” is thrown around a little to generously, as another way of saying “I’m important, don’t ya know? I matter!”? I find that quite disturbing.

    • bluhare says:

      It’s not just you. I have found that the mention of “artist” is inversely proportionate to the amount of art actually produced.

    • Beatriz says:

      Sigh, I have the same problem with this, I feel like you have to earn the title of artist before you can use it and no, neither Rihanna or Miley or Lana have earned it.
      Also, I know I’ve posted this quote before, but it always comes to mind when I read about this topic:

      “We’ve somehow substituted craft for art and cleverness for craft. It’s revolting! It’s disgusting that people talk about art and they haven’t got the right to use the word. It doesn’t belong on anybody’s tongue in this century. There are no artists. We are businessmen. We’re merchants. There is no art. Pablo Picasso was the last one I would call an artist.”

  28. truthful says:

    I have close friends that love her, I’m not interested in the least bit…they’ve tried to shove her down my throat, still not interested.

    hey send me her vids and songs and I delete them, no need in arguing w/them.

  29. TheOneAndOnly says:

    Agree carmen and others; Elizabeth Grant’s backstory is so well known, she gives manufactured a bad name; her laughably pathetic SNL performances should have killed her “career” but she has big money pushing her;
    When you consider she’s the same age as Jimi Hendrix and other Woodstock performers, then you realize how awful she is; Without autotune live she’s terrible.
    Even in our junk celebrity culture, she’s at the bottom. And her inner tube lips are hideous.
    You are not the only one sauvage, hell, baby douche biebster is considered an “artist” for award shows.

  30. Aud says:

    Her rich daddy probably bought up all the ad space and paid out big for her to be a YouTube phenomenon.
    She is just mediocre, cannot sing to save her life and I find her mind numbing.

  31. gg says:

    “Lana”, you’re unnatural as hell and look uncomfortable as hell, and your singing is unremarkable as hell.

    That’s why nobody respects you. Go to Fiona Apple and learn something about reaching deep, dear.

  32. Val says:

    She looks like Priscilla Presley.

  33. Glaughy says:

    Her music is pretentious. Her fans may claim its ART!!11 but to me, its all shine, no substance. Whenever i try to listen to it, I remember why it’s not on regular rotation on my iPod.

  34. I may be in the minority here but I love her music, especially “Young and Beautiful”. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets an Oscar nomination for “Best Song”.

    • kristiner says:

      Young and Beautiful isn’t her best.

      Honestly, Dark Paradise is her best song. Vocally it’s where she should be. She’s actually singing and no autotune and the higher register works for her. Especially on the “ahhhh’s” and the hook “there’s no remedy for melody” When she tries that monotone voice singing she’s bad. Video Games is prime example on vocals for her that sound so bad. Born to Die as well but for some reason that song works. But Video Games is beyond awful.

      Though I do dig Born to Die a lot. But Dark Paradise is her best song. Bar none.

      I just wish she’d make a video for it.

  35. Samigirl says:

    One of my good friends is the head of our local Salvation Army. She works 15 hour days 6 – 7 days a week, recieves a VERY paltry salary, and suffers anxiety attacks on the regular since she has taken this position (about 12 years ago). You know what she doesn’t do? Whine about the lack of respect she gets for being an incredibly selfless person. Instead she puts on her big girl panties and goes above and beyond her duties EVERY day. She is the most giving person I have ever met and I am so proud of her. Instead of being a complainy complainerson, maybe Lana should go do some good in the world…you know, other than talking about how her lady parts taste.

  36. sheila says:

    her music may be different than gaga’s/Kesha’s/Riri’s/etc, but she’s still a big famewhore and a try-hard.
    she wants us to call her an artist and not an entertainer? well, that H&M campaign doesn’t make her look like an “authentic artist”. it makes her look like another greedy fame-hungry person.

  37. taxi says:

    Annoying & whiny are not traits anyone respects.

    Maybe she doesn’t understand “artist”, which is a term usually used to describe another person with talent. I think Adele probably calls herself a singer, not an artist. Rembrandt said he was a painter.

  38. EscapedConvent says:

    This girl calling herself a born “artist” is so ridiculously pretentious. She believes she really warrants respect for whatever it is she does? Like posing?

    As for these pics, the clothes are cool, & her face is a nightmare of fake. The very heavy makeup makes her look like the Joker. I don’t get it.

  39. whateveryouwantittobe says:

    Wow, she thinks very highly of herself, does she think she’s Leonard Cohen or something?

    If you’re so brilliant, stop whining and prove it.

    (And now I must go to my cleaning job, for which I get exactly the right amount of respect.)

  40. kk2 says:

    I think all the criticism has been covered so i’ll contribute something nice: it warms my heart to see a pale chick shot on the beach in a bikini-esque getup.

  41. lolalola3 says:

    Dear “Lana” you & your fake name, your mediocre talent and your foolish comments will make you irrelevant long before anyone else does. Bu-BYE!

  42. emma says:

    I think… as soon as a musician starts getting too in their head.. her “work” is “important” it’s all downhill. She thinks that singing about her pepsi-vag is important?!
    Why can’t she just say she’s having fun and loves making her music – not that this “work” she’s slaving over is “important”.


  43. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Great message. Only thing that makes you stronger is people blowing smoke up your ass. She has missed the point that going through rough time teaches you inward strength.

  44. Yeppie says:

    Why does an artist need respect? Art is subjective I am an artist. Now a scientist looking to cure cancer needs respect. That’s all Lana
    Oh can you ask your daddy to give me a couple millions?

  45. Adrien says:

    In all fairness to Lana, some of her songs are good. No one can accuse her of being unoriginal, maybe her image but her vocals and songs are all hers. She is not getting respect from her peers because Daddy bought her a career.She did not struggle like most musicians. She claims that daddy didn’t fund her album but she’s not exactly waiting tables as Lizzy Grant while waiting for her big break. She’s the present day The Strokes. The Strokes had a solid debut album but people will always regard them as “America’s favorite (four car)garage band”.
    Lady Gaga is rich too but as Stefani
    Germanotta, she’s already a good singer and decent songwriter for other popstars.

  46. Vera says:

    Lana Del Blah! Why is the media forcing her upon us?

  47. WendyNerd says:

    You know, I like some of her music. But here’s the thing— pratically all her songs are the same. They’re about the fact that she or some other chick is sexy, beguiling, pretty, beguiling and sexy or trying to be sexy because of some guy who is either handsome and “deep” or he’s a gross old sugar Daddy and also Lana Del Rey is sexy, beguiling and sexy and pretty and so are her friends who a sexy beguiling and pretty and also Lana is sexy, pretty, hot, beguiling, sexy and a sex goddess. Also she’s hot.

    I’m sorry, was that paragraph repetitive? Well, that’s kind of what her record is like. Also she’s sexy. And pretty. And so is that other chick. And some chick is pretending to be in love. Also Lana Del Rey is sexy and has sexy friends. Also, they’re hot.

    And good GOD are sexy cliches sexy and cliche. But actually not sexy (even though Lana Del Rey is). “I’ve been out on that open road”? Check. Mentioning putting on party dresses with every freaking song? Check. I will love you until the end of time? Check. Talking about how America is obsessed with money and sarcastically moaning about how money is everything because we’re all dumb capitalists who only care about money (and apparently not enough about the sexy, beguiling, pretty Lana Del Rey)? Check! Oh, and her song about a sexy, manipulative woman who is not the sexy Lana Del Rey (Lana Del Rey is sexy) is named Carmen. Wow. What a creative mind she has. Seriously, not since the Killers started singing about having a “Grandma Dixie” have I heard such creative bankruptcy masquerading as Americana.

    Also, “Pabst Blue Riboon on ice”? Really? First of all, who the fuck actually drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon, or for that matter, any sort of beer on ice? I tried that once when I was thirteen and and it foamed like crazy so there was almost nothing left in the glass and made what was left of the beer taste like someone dropped a deuce in it (and not a pretty, sexy, beguiling deuce like the ones I’m sure Lana Del Rey takes). But really? Pabst Blue Ribbon? AKA the beer rich people always mention to pretend they’re not rich?

    But you know, now I realize why all songs by sexy, beguiling Lana Del Rey are about being sexy and beguiling and having some man obsessed with you. Because sexy and beguiling is really all that’s there. She knows how to inject herself into being a sexy, beguiling wanna-be chanteuse so that’s all she writes about.

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Lana, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  48. Labyrinth says:

    I’ve never heard an artist discuss ‘online traction ‘ in terms of their creative career. In my experience these words only arise in marketing/pr meetings. FAKE artist.

  49. domdada says:

    Why does her hand look like “man hands” from Seinfeld in that third photo????

  50. paranormalgirl says:

    Just because she thinks her work is important doesn’t mean anyone else has to.

  51. Fana says:

    Her albums are a-ma-zing as well as the lyrics. She brings a new genre to the music and she’s a great artist. Ok she has created an artist name and a look but who doesnt??!