While her debut LP Born to Die has been pretty much universally panned by critics, Lana Del Rey's fifteen minutes are ticking away mighty slowly - considering all of recently acquired (and fast-growing) cover girl credentials. In the past few months, the 'gangsta Nancy Sinatra' who seemed to appear out of nowhere with the summer success of her ultra-depressing, Youtube-driven single "Video Games" has gotten extra pouty on the covers of Vogue UK, Interview Russia, Q, and Billboard. And now she can add two more major mags to that growing list, having nabbed the latest covers of bothT: The New York Times Style Magazine and the music issue of Lovecat, shot by Terry Richardson and Ellen Von Unwerth, respectively.
There's been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the girl T calls a "skinnier Adele" regarding whether she's the product of a trailer park upbringing, a trust-fund baby, or a manufactured pop tart a la Britney Spears. Even more often scrutinized is her oversized, occasionally wonky smirk that seems to be the focus of nearly every photo shoot and accompanying interview, including T's. Here, she defends her pout once again:
“They’re real lips, I mean. In real life my lips don’t look that big. I think because I cartoonized the footage of myself in the video for ‘Video Games’ things look exaggerated.”
No doubt "Video Games" was on the grainy, amateur side, but "cartoonized" doesn't quite explain the 24/7 allergic-reaction look that transformed Lizzie Grant into Lana Del Rey. Still, those lips are undeniably photogenic (peep the literal depiction of "bee-stung" in Interview and all that sparkly rock candy in Lovecat).
All these recent fashion mag spreads and covers beg the question: Is Lana, who has a contract with Next Model Management, better off as a cover girl and beauty muse than a legitimate musician? Should she just fess up to her obvious surgical enhancements, or is it all part of her 'mystery'? We want to hear what you think.