Lorde posts before & after photos of her airbrushed acne: ‘remember flaws are ok’

Lorde is only 17 years old. In many ways, she is still a typical teenager. She lives at home, she’s angsty and mouthy (in completely appropriate ways) and she has teenage skin, with all of the zits and drama that comes along with it. Over the weekend, Lorde posted two photos on her Twitter – a before and after of how her photos are retouched to make her skin look flawless. Lorde wrote:


i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)

Lorde has also been known to post no-makeup selfies and selfies where you can see her acne cream (I’m including one below). Props to her for keeping it real. And props to her for calling out the airbrushing and Photoshopping that happens on a daily basis. If I was a teenage girl right now… I would really like Lorde and her message. I wouldn’t be crazy about the 20-something boyfriend, but I would like everything else about Lorde.

Photos courtesy of Getty, Lorde’s Twitter & IG.

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  1. QQ says:

    Love Love Love that she did that #KeepingItReal

  2. Hannah says:

    It’s weird that she is 17 and Katy perry is 30. She is so much more mature .

  3. Side-Eye says:

    Her music bores me but she’s ok.

  4. Erinn says:

    It’s great that she does this – but at the same time she’s willing to pose for magazines with airbrushed photos.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    I like this girl, and appreciate her speaking up for realistic expectations this way.

    • V4Real says:

      Most celebs do it they just don’t need to talk about. Celebs know that the public is extremely familiar with the magic of photoshop. How many times have we seen acne prone Camron Diaz without make-up and Britney Spears. If they were so concerned with hiding their natural looks they would wear make-up every time they left their house to conceal how they really look but they don’t. They are aware that they are being paped.

      • lucy2 says:

        That is true, but she’s intentionally putting this out there herself with the point of saying hey, no one is perfect, don’t believe everything you see. For a 17 year old, I think it’s an impressive stand to take.

      • V4Real says:

        “For a 17 year old, I think it’s an impressive stand to take.”

        I agree with that, too many teens are more concerned with how they look then they are with their education. They want to look like the model in the magazine when the model don’t look like the model in the magazine in reality. I stole that one from Camaron Diaz.

      • Lucinda says:

        Knowing and seeing are two different things. I think it is important for comparisons like this to be posted regularly. Otherwise, the photo shop image becomes real in our mind even if logically we know it can’t be. We have no reference point without these comparisons.

      • V4Real says:

        A lot of high profile celebs let their flaws be known when they represented ProActive. As I said on a thread below Katy Perry and Adam Levine let it be known that they suffered from acne. Even that little bratty teen heart throbe Justin Bieber put his flaws out there when he was also a rep for ProActive. She’s not the first teen to do so and Bieber has more female followers than Lorde. I know they got paid to do so but it takes a lot to say hey look at the pics of my acne bruised face in an international commercial. I know they got paid but they all do suffer from acne and they let it be known that hey, I’m not perfect. So others have let that be seen, not just known as well.

  6. Penelope says:

    Absolutely 100% love her.

  7. hunaww says:

    My god her hair is fantastic!

  8. MacScore says:

    I love her message.
    I’m not sure, though, why her “20-something boyfriend” is problematic? Is it because he’s actually not a nice guy, or is it simply the age difference? And, if the latter, what’s the issue? When I was 15 my boyfriend was 20…. We mature rock chicks can’t handle the immaturity of boys our age. Please feel free to correct me if I’ve misinterpreted something.

    • V4Real says:

      Maybe it’s because she was 16 when she started dating him. In most states in the USA that would be considered illegal. It’s not in New Zealand, I don’t think. I usually don’t have an issue with older dating younger but a lot of other celebs have been called out for doing exactly that so Lorde is not exempt. They are only about 8 years a part which doesn’t put him in the old enough to be your daddy category but she is still a teenager.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      It’s great that you had a good experience, but generally speaking, I think a 17 year old is too young to date a twenty something man. And I think 15 and 20 would be very problematic, as in not allowed, by many parents, including me. First of all, I’m sure you were charming and mature, but what on earth does a 20 year old man see in a 15 year old girl? The fact that he can control and manipulate her? How mature is he? It’s really an adult/child relationship. Would you be ok with a 15 year old dating a 10 year old? A few years make a huge difference at that age. Of course every person and every situation is different, but I don’t think it’s unusual or inappropriate to at least question the older person’s motives or maturity in that situation. There may be legitimate answers to the questions and good intentions, but the questions need to be asked.

  9. OriginallyBlue says:

    I really want her hair. It is amazing. I love and want it.

  10. Annie says:

    This is cool of her – most celebs are very selective about the “flaws” they are willing to talk about, and acne is usually not one of them. Her acne is mild, but most celebs it seems have to be seen with flawless skin at all times even in those silly “sans fards” magazine shoots so go Lorde.

    • V4Real says:

      Oh she’ll have her turn at the Proactive commercials. :)

      How many celebs would put themselves out like that? Say what you want about Katy Perry and Adam Levine but not many stars would confess to having acne problems. Vanessa Williams and Alyssa Milano also discussed their flaws via Proactive. And how many teenage girls love Justin Bieber, another prone to acne high profile celeb who was a rep for the skincare as well. I know they got a paycheck for doing it but at least they were believable because they all suffered from acne.

  11. KateBush says:

    I love her hair mine is similarly curly (hence my name! :) ) but I don’t have the length.. I hate it when curly celebs straighten their hair.., embrace the curl!!

    Lorde’s opinion matters to girls her age.. She could do a lot of good in terms if countering some of pop culture’s unrealistic perceptions about looks and beauty.

  12. Amy says:

    Mad respect to her. As someone who has suffered acne breakouts on and off for the past 8 years (and I am 26 so not a teenager), I am very self-conscious about it and I am always covering up my scars with makeup. I recently underwent a round of Accutane (yes I know, it’s a controversial drug) after years of trying everything else under the sun prescribed by my dermatologist. It would go away for awhile and then just come back, usually when I was really stressed. So I finally bit the bullet and tried Accutane because it was really getting me down. Just 2 months off of it and so far so good… we’ll see how it goes. I’m glad Lorde is not trying to hide it. It can be mentally scarring (as it has for me).