Lorde Says She Looks Like A Monster When She Performs, But She’s Way Too Cool To Even Begin To Care

lorde i just speak my mind a lot

Legend has it that every time Lorde opens her mouth and talks about her image and her work, a teenage girl struggling to fit in grows a pair of wings. Or more accurately and more politically incorrectly, a pair of balls. When doing a Reddit AMA yesterday, user saigezabarte asked her, “Are you confident in your stage performance? I know people have criticized the way you perform, how do you respond to that?”

And she (obviously) responded perfectly. In fact, far more perfectly than any 16-year-old should be able to respond.

“i know when i’m onstage, i don’t think about how it looks, i just concentrate on really feeling what i hear. but i totally know i look like gollum when i perform, so it’s cool.”

See what she did there? She said that her music’s more important than her appearance, but she’s not unaware of what she looks like when she’s singing. She’s not going to sit there and condescend to her fans and pretend like she’s oblivious to her looks. It’s a fact that people make funny faces when they sing. Also when they cry, when they run and really when they do anything that doesn’t involve sitting completely still. To be alive is to be awkward. (And if you want that cross-stitched on a pillow for the holidays you can mail me a check for 14.95 plus shipping and handling.)

While most pop stars go out of their way to manipulate us into thinking that they’re perfect while simultaneously pretending that’s not at all what they’re doing, it’s extremely refreshing to see one who’s self aware. It makes me hopeful that our next generation of pop stars will see the positive reaction Lorde gets from her honesty and follow in her footsteps. It might help other teenage girls — and women who still feel as awkward as a teenage girl — realize that celebrities are far from perfect. Which makes them much more like us than all their canned quotes about being normal-homebody-I-was-a-high-school-misfit quotes combined.

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    • frank ford

      Jenni Maier is an ugly slut!

      • Jenni

        Frank? Frank Ford? Is that you? I have missed you so much. I don’t know where you’re headed, but can you call in sick?

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      • Samantha_Escobar

        Hi, Frank. Can I call you Frank? Yes, hi Frank. We here at The Gloss have been really worried about your presence on Crushable. We, in fact, are jealous. We don’t have nearly enough commenters telling us to kill ourselves and calling us ugly sluts! If possible, please take time out of your busy schedule of virtually stalking Jenni Maier and come virtually stalk me, too. I await your restraining-order-tempting messages.


      • Jenni

        NO FRANK, DON’T LISTEN TO HER! CHOOSE ME! PICK ME! LOVE ME! I can’t kill myself with you telling me how to do it Frank!

      • Samantha_Escobar
      • Josey

        What does Amanda Seyfried have that all of these other women don’t?

    • Jill O’Rourke

      But what I really need to know is if she’s cool with looking like Smeagol?

    • Kelli Killean

      Don’t listen to him, Jenni! You are a perfectly average looking slut.

      • Jenni

        You’re far too kind!

      • Chee cheong

        From your past articles, I think you’re not much better than those pop stars you were trying to accuse.

        Look at yourself in the mirror and then perhaps you can take it from there.

        Hello!!! Pot meet kettle !!!!!