Ella Yelich-O’Connor, the 17-year-old goth girl from New Zealand whose September 2013 debut album, “Pure Heroine,” made her the one of the youngest artists to be nominated for a Grammy, is more commonly know as Lorde. After being discovered at a school talent show at the age of 12, Lorde has been working her way up and is now at the top of her game.


Growing up, Lorde was heavily influenced by her mother and father to be a smart, outspoken, and unique. Lorde’s mother, Sonja Yelich, was an award winning poet, and her father, Vic O’Connor, a civil engineer, both of whom encouraged Lorde to read and educate herself. From a very early age, people knew Ella Yelich-O’Connor was going to be influential.


Lorde performing at the 2014 Grammys (usmagazine.com)


Lorde may be young and new to world wide fame, but she is not afraid to speak her mind and share her opinion. Her album “Pure Heroine” is a largely a criticism of the self-indulgent, celebrity lifestyle. In many ways, Lorde is a breath of fresh air. She knows what she wants and how she wants go about getting those things.




This confident and determined attitude has led her to turn down collaboration offers from popular artists, including an offer to open for Katy Perry, saying,

In the really early stages of an artist’s career, it’s important for them to establish themselves for themselves. I’m just basically really stubborn and I want to be really independent. So I want to be headlining my own shows instead of supporting someone else. Which I think is fair enough.


She is not willing to compromise, even if it means a potential loss in profits. This attitude does not seem to be hurting Lorde. Selling out her 2014 U.S. tour, Lorde is wildly successful all on her own.


Lorde may be a self-proclaimed perfectionist when it comes to her music, but she encourages young people to embrace their flaws. She posted a picture of herself on Instagram with zit cream on captioned, “in bed in Paris with my acne cream on.” On Twitter, she posted an unedited photo of herself saying, “remember flaws are OK.” In the midst of a business where your every move is scrutinized and it is easy to get caught up in the glamour, Lorde does not lose what makes her unique.


It will be interesting to see where Lorde’s career will take her. She is young, authentic, and knows what she wants. Hopefully we will only continue to see her authenticity and uniqueness blossom as the years pass.


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