New Zealand wunderkind Lorde is about to take Australia by storm after wrapping up the European leg of her world tour.
The seventeen-year old shot to world fame last year with her hit 'Royals', which topped the charts in a number of countries for several months. Her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ was released in September, but she says she has no intention of being one herself:
“The concept of being a role model is a lot to carry,” she says. “I am young enough that I am probably going to screw something up at some point in a really bad way and no one is going to want me as their role model anymore and I am going to feel bad. But that being said, I think it is awesome that young people and young girls are inspired by what I am doing because it’s cool to have like young, inspiring role models and I know I had those when I was growing up.”
The young artist has made a name for herself in the way she challenges the hypersexualized image conveyed by other female pop singers such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
“I don’t write overtly feminist music. I think the one thing that ties together everything that I do and everything I believe in is strength. You know, I always want to look strong, on stage I wear suits and this dark lipstick. I think maybe that just relates to it, like an inner strength,” she says.
The singer-songwriter has already won numerous accolades, including two Grammys and one BRIT Award.
After being forced to postpone due to a bad chest infection, Lorde will be kicking off the Australian stage of her world tour in July.