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:
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.
Photos courtesy of Fashion magazine