Lorde is selective about her selfies but I'm glad that she chose to share this one with her 767,000 followers. It shows her sans-makeup in bed in Paris (dahling) with acne cream dotted across her chin and cheeks.
Why is this moment of mundanity a good thing? Well because it'll make all of her teen fans who have pulsating whopper zits, or even just sprinkles of annoying red bumps across their faces, feel that much better about their own skin. (Hell, and even some of her thirty-something fans can get on board this pimple train, amirite? I'll put my hand up here. Damn hormones rearing their ugly head. Pimples and grey hairs concurrently?! Life is a cruel mistress).
Teen stars are too often only portrayed when heavily made up,tricking their die-hard fans into thinking they don't suffer from the same teenage issues that they do (like being shy, feeling awkward, occassionally being inexplicably grumpy and, yes, having pus-filled zits on their chins).
And because of this, this selfie, which Lorde shared a day ago, has struck a chord and has already had 96,000 likes and been shared across various media.
Viva la acne!
In fact, this isn't the first time 17-year-old Lorde has been a champion of pizza-faces everywhere (I can say that because I am one). When the music video for Team was released in December, Lorde took to Twitter to explain how she'd purposefully made sure people with imperfect complexions were cast:
"It was important to me that we cast real people with real faces. [H]olla acne!"
Explaining even more on her Facebook:
"This video was born from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn't need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger."
So, dear Lorde, thanks for making someone close to twice your age - me - feel even a little bit less deflated over the whopper of a zit formulating near my nostril as I type.
Oh, isn't that a painful spot for that sebum to dig in? The only place worse is inside the ear ... ooh, or inside the nostril. Oh and how the niggling need to swipe at it always prevails, despite the agony that pierces through you at the touch.
Ah sweet pimples, you're not very preeeeetty, but you sure know how to run things ...
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