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During London fashion week, I kept reading about "Video Games," a song by Lana Del Rey that was used in a few shows, most notably at Christopher Kane. And since fashion show soundtracks often foretell what the rest of the world will soon be listening to, I Googled the song and discovered "Video Games" to be a supremely lovely, haunting, tune with a visually intriguing video. (Listen/watch here; the single is out now.)

What I also discovered is an intense distaste/distrust for its singer, Del Rey—stemming at least in part from the fact that she looks like she's had cosmetic work done since her earlier days as a clean-faced pop singer named Lizzie Grant. Fans and music press report that she appears to have had a lip augmentation, among other changes, that make her look decidedly more sexed-up than her former self. nymag.com, Village Voice, and Gawker all ran stories that made mention of Del Rey's "cosmeceutical decisions" and whether her augmented appearance negated her musical credibility.

Female musicians altering their looks with makeup or surgery is a tale older than Madonna. Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga are living cartoons, thanks to near constant (and outrageous) makeup and hair modifications. Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry—they all tweak their looks on a regular basis. But none of that changes how I feel about their music. So why are people giving Lana Del Rey such a hard time?

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Do obvious or drastic changes in appearance make you question a performer's authenticity? Or is it just part of the business?

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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I like her voice, but I think it's weird to see an "indie" musician getting all dolled up by managers to fit a gorgeous image. Not surprising, just a little sad for those old enough to remember when marketing and image didn't matter so much. The reason indie music types are annoyed by her is that they find her inauthentic. (See also: the dismissive attitude toward Evan Dando and the Strokes because they went to private schools.) @michalexandra, I agree, her looks have nothing to do with her talent. But the flip side of this is that if she *didn't* look like this, would she still be getting this much attention? What about the many women who don't look glamorous, but can belt out a great tune? Looks alone aren't a problem; looks being valued more than talent is.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I like her voice, but I think it's weird to see an "indie" musician getting all dolled up by managers to fit a gorgeous image. Not surprising, just a little sad for those old enough to remember when marketing and image didn't matter so much. The reason indie music types are annoyed by her is that they find her inauthentic. (See also: the dismissive attitude toward Evan Dando and the Strokes because they went to private schools.)@michalexandra, I agree, her looks have nothing to do with her talent. But the flip side of this is that if she *didn't* look like this, would she still be getting this much attention? What about the many women who don't look glamorous, but can belt out a great tune? Looks alone aren't a problem; looks being valued more than talent is.
michAlexandra michAlexandra 5 years
She's still talented. Plenty of celebrities have gone under the knife to fix small things to help them better their career (Blake Lively, Meghan Fox). I may not agree with plastic surgery for myself, but it's her body and if she thinks she can look better with bigger lips or whatever else she decides she wants to change then she has the freedom to do so. Nothing about what she looks like changes the fact that she has a very nice, unique voice and is talented.
nadienne nadienne 5 years
Dude, she can sing. I don't really care what she looks like. Despite that, your last point doesn't make sense - there's a HUGE difference between costume changes and hair color and plastic surgery.
nadienne nadienne 5 years
Dude, she can sing. I don't really care what she looks like. Despite that, your last point doesn't make sense - there's a HUGE difference between costume changes and hair color and plastic surgery.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
I don't care what anyone does to themselves. If she didn't feel good about herself before, who is she hurting by changing that? It's not like she's running around half naked trying to hide a lack of talent.
BorgesMarquez BorgesMarquez 5 years
Sorry to say but she is famous now due to her super sexed up look. She even picked a more "exotic" name to match her new image
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
It seems like looks plays a major factor whether you are success in the music business. Well in my opinion it does.
ItsGlisten17 ItsGlisten17 5 years
OMG as soon as I hear this song, it's everywhere. :( I don't like that! I first heard it on Ringer... grr
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