Our favorite Canadian gal pal Carly Rae Jepsen graces the cover of Cosmopolitan this month. She looks slightly startled to be there, but that’s probably just because she’s pondering “EPIC SEX: GET IT, GIVE IT and DO IT AGAIN!” While I won’t deny love-hating her hit song “Call Me Maybe,” I also won’t deny thinking she was 17. 18, maybe.
I know, I know, she’s older than that. She’s older than me! But she gives off such a youthful glow and fresh young feel that I just always assume she was born in the late ’90s. Isn’t everyone born in the late ’90s now. It’s hard to imagine anyone born in the early ’90s still being mobile enough to make it big. But alas, she’s not a late ’90s baby. Or even a late ’80s baby. She’s from the year 1985. That makes her 27.
(Sorry for all those numbers guy, for a second you must have worried that you stumbled on an accounting blog.)
Cosmo clearly feels the same way because they played “bouncer at a college bar” and questioned her twice about her age in the interview.
Cosmo: At your audition, one of the judges asked, “You’re 21 going on 14?” Is it a help or hindrance to look so much younger than you actually are?
Carly: If people think I look younger, then that’s great; I’m stoked. But I turned 27 in November, and when I look in the mirror, I see all the years attached to that face, and I’m content with me.
Cosmo: What about the people who say you dress too young? True?
Carly: I love being as classy and as elegant as possible in my apartment. But when I’m onstage, I can’t dance in 4½-inch heels, so I’ll generally sport flats. I’m 5 feet 2, so yeah, I’m going to look a little bit more playful. But I don’t think that means I’m trying for an age younger than I am.
As much as I want to believe that Carly Ray Jay isn’t trying to look younger, her two hit songs say otherwise. “Call Me Maybe,” is about asking a boy to call you maybe and “This Kiss” is about a kiss, a kiss that comes with risks. Both songs clearly cater toward a young audience. Since she did enter the industry at a much older age than most people, it’s not crazy that she would want to Benjamin Button herself back into her teens. That gives her an opportunity to have a much longer career. An 18-year-old singing about first kisses is cute, a 35-year-old singing about them is grounds for a reality show.
Or maybe she’s telling the truth and she just looks young for her age. But in an industry where everyone’s branded with a specific look and target demographic I have trouble believing that she couldn’t look older if she wanted to. It’s not like flats are equivalent to a pacifier. I mean, my grandmother wears them and no one’s mistaking her for a high school student.