Lorde Ditches Her Signature Curls For 'Clash' Magazine's Pop Special Issue

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Lorde on the cover of 'Clash' magazine's Pop Special issue.
Photos: Clash/Billy Ballard

You may not recognize Lorde's face, but you've definitely heard her single "Royals" on the radio/on TV/on your BFF's fave playlist/everywhere you go, etc. The song has been sittin' pretty atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the past three weeks and the Internet is abuzz with Lorde's every move. Oh, also, she's only 16. NBD. As the reigning ruler of pop music, it makes total sense that Clash magazine has put Lorde on the cover of their Pop Special issue.

On the cover—which, along with the rest of the spread, was styled by Victoria Higgs—the singer is in a brown turtleneck and black and white furry coat. The most striking thing about the cover (besides how she manages to pull off all basic colors together), is that her hair, which is normally curly, unruly, (not to mention 100% enviable) is wet, middle-parted, and kept in line with 2 sparkly barrettes.

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Lorde inside 'Clash' magazine's Pop Special issue.
Photos: Clash/Billy Ballard

We were lucky enough to get our hands on three images from the spread, courtesy Rob Meyers, Creative Director of Clash and RBPMstudio, which cement our belief that if Lorde wanted to quit music and start modeling fur stoles full-time, she could easily compete with the best of them. The first image is a not-quite-full-length shot of the same look she's wearing on the cover: the jacket, we can now see, is striped, and underneath it (but on top of the turtleneck), she's wearing a sheer pink camisole. Lorde loves many a layer.

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Lorde inside 'Clash' magazine's Pop Special issue.
Photos: Clash/Billy Ballard

The spread actually features lots of layers. The second look has Lorde in a lotta blue and a lotta polka dots. She's got on a blue polka dot skirt, covered by another blue skirt (this one's a ribbed sweater knit), surrounded by a nubbly blue jacket. She's in a sea of blue (heh). The top of her head is out of frame, so whether she still has on the barrettes is up for debate, though her hair is definitely still wet. She also has on a yellow polka-dotted ascot, which is not an accessory we've seen around lately but can def serve as an alternative to scarves this winter. Scarves get boring, y'all!

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Lorde inside 'Clash' magazine's Pop Special issue.
Photos: Clash/Billy Ballard

For the third look, Lorde has ditched the barrettes and the head-to-toe blue but held onto that middle part, her bold brows, her wet 'do, and OK some blue. In a furry navy jacket with a brown fur stole, the lady is ready for winter (but if you want to go outside with that hair, young lady, you better put a hat on!).

You can buy Clash's Pop Special Issue online now. Besides Lorde, the issue features One Direction, Prince, a poster of Pharrell (hello, new friend), and more. Check it out!

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