Singer Lorde Explains Why Feminism Is Relevant To Teen Girls


When two of the world’s best known teens in their industries get together, it’s only going to be a conversation that is worthy of a read more than once!

Tavi Gevinson, creator of Rookie Mag, an online portal for teens and anyone young at heart interviewed the New Zealand songstress Lorde and left no stone unturned. They talked about fans, money, music, fashion, social media and of course, feminism.

It’s probably a good thing Tavi asked Lorde about this hot topic, as it is very relevant to women of all ages, more so than ever. After Time Magazine named Lorde The Most influential Teen of 2013, we most certainly want to hear her opinion!

When asked how did she discover feminism and what it means to her, 17 year old Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, had this to say:

“I think I’m speaking for a bunch of girls when I say that the idea that feminism is completely natural and shouldn’t even be something that people find mildly surprising. It’s just a part of being a girl in 2013. That kind of normal, non-scary, chill vibe…”

She says feminism today is so different and obviously more relevant because in the traditional definition there were too many rules and regulations you had to “abide” by to even be considered a feminist. But now that it can be defined in so many ways, its a lot more accessible and more empowering for a diverse group of women.

“I find a lot of feminist reading quite confusing and that often there’s a set of rules, and people will be like, “Oh, this person isn’t a true feminist because they don’t embody this one thing,” and I don’t know, often there is a lot of gray area that can be hard to navigate.”


Tavi Gevinson also chimed in with her view and experience with feminism especially being a girl who was part of the world from such a young age.

“I think we are all here for the same reason. I think it’s so personal, though, for each person who identifies as a feminist, and it can be related to the hardest shit that they’ve had to put up with in their lives and all of these different ways in which they’ve been oppressed and marginalized.”

“What I’ve learned is that the answer isn’t to retreat into ignorance, but to find the ways in which it’s important to you and talk about that and help other women talk about their experiences too. Just finding the human part of it is what I find myself coming back to when I feel disillusioned with feminism as a community. It’s complicated. Ultimately, I’m a feminist, yes, but I certainly have moments where it has to feel like something that is mine….”

Lorde goes on to say: “[It’s] not something that a hundred different people can define in exactly the same way.”

It’s so interesting and wonderful at the same time to see these two generational leaders discuss this important topic. We love Lorde because she is real and understands that her music will evolve over time with her own life experiences. Now that she has tasted some of that fame she so readily disses in her hit ‘Royals’ she sees a different perspective, but the message remains the same.


The most rewarding thing for her in music is her fans telling her how relate-able she is to them.

“The biggest one for me is the total reward of having people our age be like, ‘I see what you did there, and I really like it and I can relate to it.'”

“I actually have this folder on my computer of really lovely things that people have said to me on Tumblr, and whenever I’m in a super low, terrible mood, I’m like, ‘Remember these wonderful souls who said incredible things to you and who have told you that what you do is worth it!’

Lorde also has advice for young women on how to not care what other people think of them.

“It’s so hard, especially when you put yourself out there creatively. Just take pride in what you do…this is something that I still totally struggle with to this day.”

“Knowing that that’s what you want—what the you, the inner you, really wants. And the outer you being true to inner you—there’s something kinda cool about that.”

Thank you Lorde for being a great role model to your generation of young women, who stand for something and are strong and proud of who they are, no matter how quirky or different!




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