Taylor Swift and Lorde pictured dining at Shake Shack on New York’s Madison Avenue. Lorde previously said that Taylor is ‘so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls. ‘I’m never going to be like Taylor Swift. Why can’t I be as pretty as Lorde?’ That’s fucking bullshit.’
Lorde responded on Tumblr: ‘I think I cocked that up a bit and what I said wasn’t put in context. What I meant was: there’s a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and I wish my favourite stars didn’t look perfect because I think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they’ll never be as pretty/ talented/ whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection. TS was the first person I thought of, which I regret.
She happens to be good looking, but I think she actually uses her other imperfections in an incredibly powerful and relatable way. Taylor Swift has a very unique vision, which I admire … I will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that TS is for hers. I admire her very much for this reason.’
Then Lorde backpedaled: ‘I feel like Taylor Swift is a really good role model. The girls who listen to her music are so devoted to her. I think what she’s saying is pretty cool. I think it’s empowering.’