Lorde recently sat down with V magazine to discuss her role as a feminist in what she sees as a realm of over-sexualized pop stars. The 17-year-old has been quickly associated with a culture of "slut-shaming" and was hoping to distance herself from the negative reputation she seems to have acquired since her rise to fame.
The critical perception of Lorde can be traced most directly to her feud with Selena Gomez. When Lorde said Gomez's song "Come and Get It" was "so pathetic," the latter quickly retorted that she does not think Lorde's beliefs constitute feminism and "[Lorde is] not supporting other women."
Yet, Lorde insists she subscribes to a feminist ideology. As for her views on sexuality, the New Zealand native clarified she was simply performing in accordance with her personal preference:
“People like to paint me in a certain way, but I’m a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally I just don’t think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It’s not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies—I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn’t felt necessary for me.”
[h/t The Cut]