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Lorde Calls Americans "Weird," Says Half-Nude Pop Stars Aren't a Bad Influence

Image courtesy of Francis Specker/CBS (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Francis Specker/CBS (via ABC News Radio)

Lorde is one of the few female pop stars who doesn't strut around in scanty clothing, but that doesn't mean she has a problem with others doing it. In fact, she thinks parents should chill out and stop stressing that stars like Miley Cyrus are setting a bad example for their daughters.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard 's ES Magazine , Lorde says, "People should stop worrying about their daughters. I don’t see a female without clothing as a terrible influence. There are worse things: Shooting people. Glorifying violence.”  In fact, Lorde cites one frequently-unclothed star as an example of empowerment.

"You can’t not look at Rihanna. I would buy anything Rihanna sold me," she says, calling the Bajan star "magnetic."  "The way Rihanna embodies being a sexual woman...She’s so fearless and confident, I just love her.”

Lorde also thinks that young people like herself -- she's only 17, remember -- are generally getting a bad rap these days.  "A lot of people seem to think that all teenagers are super-misguided and not at all ambitious,” she tells the paper.  "Such a high proportion of the people my age I know are super-driven, super-focused and super-creative in a way I haven’t seen a lot of adults being.”

“Teenagers are a lot wiser than you think. They have so many resources to make them wise now," she adds.  While she acknowledges that teenagers aren't as "emotionally wise" as adults, and lack life experience, she thinks that's sometimes a good thing.

"You can be as sophisticated and precocious as you want, but you can’t fake experience," Lorde says. "That’s what I find endearing about the art that teenagers make. There’s something about that intensity.”

Meanwhile, Lorde tells the British publication that if she were to move from her native New Zealand, she'd consider relocating to London.  America, she said, isn't in the running.

"I feel really at home here," she says of the U.K. "And after a while being in America, I’m like, ‘All these people are so weird!’ Whereas England feels much more sane.”

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