“Feminism” has been a word perched on the lips of the entertainment set of late, with some, like Shailene Woodley, denying their involvement, and others — many others — grabbing the label and wearing it proudly. Lana Del Rey, on the other hand, prefers to talk about something — anything — else.
Del Rey’s music has evoked almost as much discussion among pundits with regard to feminism as the music itself has among critics, with some that saying the women she represents in her music are weak, powerless and totally reliant on men. She does model herself on Lolita, after all. Others, however, opine that Del Rey is just embracing another kind of sexuality
When asked about her feminist tendencies in a cover story in The Fader, the typically elusive musician was true to form.
“For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept,” she said. “I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested.”
“My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants,” she added.
She was also candid about the potentially objectionable fact that she’s often being choked in her videos — “I like a little hardcore love” — and the fact that she had an affair with a record executive.
“I had a seven-year relationship with the head of this label, and he was a huge inspiration to me,” she told The Fader. “I’ll tell you later when more people know. He never signed me, but he was like my muse, the love of my life.”
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