To understand why this is so very important, think about the other teens we’ve seen in music over the past few years. Polished beauties like Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez — along with America’s Sweetheart types like Taylor Swift — are great and all, but they’re not exactly your normal teenage types. These pop stars are rarely awkward. They wear perfect clothes to complement their flawless makeup and styled hair.
Now remember your high-school years. How many teens looked like Gomez or Swift? And how many looked like Lorde?
It’s a safe bet that every high school has way more Lordes than Arianas. That’s OK. After all, Lorde is a nice-looking and scary-talented girl. She has the poise needed to negotiate the tough world of music.
In short, Lorde showed us she was a real teen — and that a perfect image isn’t always needed to make it in the world of show business.