Jenny's Mouthwash: Lana Del Rey

Hi Readers! I have something that I am super excited to share with you. As you know, Jennifer Fabulous, from I Know, Right? has been a frequent guest blogger here on Amber's Mouthwash. Well, I've decided to give her a permanent spot here on the blog. Every month she will post here on Amber's Mouthwash, and her feature is called Jenny's Mouthwash! I'm so excited! I'm so happy to have her as a friend, and all her posts (both here on the blog and on her blog) are so incredible. Enjoy! 

Hello friends, it's Jennifer Fabulous! I am so excited to have a regular feature on Amber's Mouthwash!

I've always felt like Amber's blog was the prettier and more charming sister to my own, so I'm really flattered she asked me to be part of her world!

For those of you who do not know me, I am a fashion-obsessed journalist who blogs about pop culture, my crazy life, films, and interesting celebrities.

My feature here will basically be a little taste of my blog every month. It's going to be completely random and utterly fabulous, I promise.

Anyway, enough about me! Let's get on to my first post.

Recently, Amber and I fell in love with a song, Video Games, by a recently discovered musician, Lana Del Rey.

I was really excited to learn more about Lana. Keyword: was.

You see, there used to be a time when movie studios would manufacture stars. Actors were given different names, allowed to spin their own backgrounds, and basically reinvent themselves as completely different people.

Unfortunately for Lana Del Rey, those days of 1950s Hollywood are over.

Mostly because technology, such as the internet, allows anyone to research your past. And Hollywood quickly realized the public isn't stupid.

I was so optimistic about Lana. I truly believed there was a new star on the horizon, destined to bring us into a delicious soul-infused music revolution.

After all, her latest single, Video Games, is hauntingly beautiful and heartbreakingly eery.

When I saw the video, I was a little confused by the cheesy montage of hipster youtube clips and I was creeped out by Lana's botched lip job, but I merely figured she was a little rough around the edges and let's face it, not everyone is perfect.

Plus, I discovered that Lana made the video herself, by looking up random youtube clips. It's not every day that a recording artist makes their own video, so I cut her some slack.

It wasn't until I researched for this post, that I realized the joke is on us.

Lana Del Rey isn't the hottest new discovery in the music industry. She was carefully crafted by a ruthless band of managers and music producers, who are hungry to Americanize and cash in on the British white female soul singer phenomenon.

First of all, her name isn't really Lana Del Rey. The 26-year-old has admitted the stage name was chosen for her by managers who thought her music would sell better if it was reminiscent of Hollywood glamour.

In some interviews, Lana claims she grew up in a trailer park in New Jersey, in other interviews she admits she went to boarding school.

In reality, Lana Del Rey is Lizzie Grant, the daughter of a wealthy internet mogul. You can read a cover story about him here, from four years ago.

Clearly, this is not a girl who grew up in a trailer park.

And then there is the plastic surgery. Those awful floppy Donald Duck lips that sway with the wind.

The reason her fake lips bother me is for two reasons. One, Lana was a pretty girl without them. And two, she claims she has NEVER HAD HER LIPS DONE.

Let's take a look, shall we?

Here is a photo of Lana and her father from a few years ago:

Here is a photo of Lana now:

The fact that in interviews she denies having her lips done is insulting to not only her fans, but to anyone with eyes.

I would have more respect for her if she had told interviewers that her lips got stung by a wasp every single day. Because even though she would be lying, at least we could all share a good laugh. But no, she chooses to take us all for fools instead.

When she's not busy getting her lips injected, Lana enjoys giving herself pretentious titles she hasn't earned yet. She calls herself the "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" and describes her own look as "Lolita in the 'hood." If you watched her music video earlier in this post, you are probably wondering why the hell she calls herself these things. I'm still baffled.

Her blatant lies and drastically altered image have already caused huge controversy amongst music bloggers. She has been labeled the "Frankenstein of Indie."

Some people may argue that her makeover is no different than the pop princesses you see every day, such as Lady Gaga or Britney Spears.

But there is a difference. Pop music is based on image. It is based on the unreality.

But Lana's soulful ghost-like crooning belongs to an entirely different category: real music.

How are we supposed to believe the pain in her voice and respect her as an artist, when she's more processed than a freshly-wrapped Twinkie?

I want to believe her. I want to respect her.

When I close my eyes and allow my ears to drink up her smoky melody, laced with beauty and dripping with sadness, a part of me does.

But then I open my eyes and I don't.

Edit: several of you have felt that this post is being rather unfair to Miss Lana. Please understand that while Ms. Fabulous is certainly entitled to her opinion - just as my readers are! She is a guest whom I proudly feature here on the blog regularly, and proudly. That is part of the joy of having this platform: to diversify! I should also add that Jennifer and I both enjoy listening to her music. I even feature her in my outfit video posts. Neither of us "hate" her - not in the very least. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!


Eda. said...

Fabulous post darling and I who works for a cosmetic surgery clinic can you tell you now, those lips ARE pumped with Juvederm so yes she is a great big fibber and I don't understand why she continues to lie about it!

Eda ♥

Movies on my Mind said...

Wow, where on earth did you come across her Ms. Fabulous???

I’m just kidding, but your forensically researched distillation of all things Del Rey has shattered my image of her.

I guess all singers are manufactured to degree. It's just some are better put together than others.

Cailin´s Place said...

great post!!!congrats!kisses!

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Jenny-- Great story that only you could pen! So, to recap, the recommended approach here would be to LISTEN to Lana/Trout lips/Lizzie while keeping our eyes CLOSED. Am I correct? I will give it a try and report back later. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Miksu said...

Great post!! I love Jennys' texts! :)


Sarah said...

I adore her voice, but the image and manufactured approach makes me really uncomfortable :(

SassyUptownChic said...

I don't even know her and have lost all respect for her. She's not truthful to herself or who she is! I don't have time for a person like that. Excellent post and love 'Amber's Mouthwash'! Both of you ladies have a great weekend! :D

Barry said...

Wow, remind me never to tell you if I get my lips done. Why that would be I have no idea, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I don't want to suffer the wrath of Jen Fab.

I will say one thing though, all this aside she has a voice beyond her years. I quite like it.

Imogen said...

I'm very excited for your regular post on here Jennifer. This was very informative and interesting. I knew absolutely nothing about this before. I couldn't respect someone that had lied and treated the public like fools as it appears she has. The lips annoy me so much too, they looked way better before and there can be no doubt as to whether or not she had them done. So yes, I don't like the whole image of her. Thanks for such a fabulous post, I really enjoyed it.

The Woven Moments said...

Listen, don't look.

Got it!

Another FABULOUS post! ;)

Couture Carrie said...

Those lips are crazy!
Fab post, JF!


Bonnie said...

AHHHHHHHHH. My two favorite women on one blog. Have I died and gone to Heaven???!!! I love you girls!
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

olivias-pizzaz said...

wow this post was soo goood. SO so intriguing its crazy, everyone cares about is making money, even by going so far to completely lie about yourself.

Meri said...

congrats on the new feature! I have to say I find lip jobs so ridiculous- they never look natural, and they are so distracting I can hardly handle it.

A BRIT GREEK said...

Great post Jenn! Wow, those lips do look pumped and ready for pouting action.

I so lol at your comment about one of your readers girl and congrats on writing over here!

Already skimming through Ambers posts.


jassy said...

I love this video.......I am also seeing the duck lips. The first thing I noticed and it just bugged me. No need to lie when we can all tell its real or fake. But anyway LOVE her music video and the feel of it. I even twittered it :)

+ great blog post

Anonymous said...

Gr8 post!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a superficial and judgmental article based apparently on nothing more than some Google hits on other superficial blog articles and a couple of Internet photos. And a whole list of supportive comments to go along. As if Lana/Lizzy's music sucks because maybe she has or hasn't lived the actual worldly experience you think a "real" artist should, or maybe she has or hasn't had her lips injected, dyes her hair, or went on a diet. How tragically shallow to decide you don't like someone because they adopted an image or market their music in some way you don't deem genuine. Maybe you should do some research on Bobby Zimmerman from Minnesota and write a similar article about him. In the meantime, this article says a lot more about the author than it does about the artist.

Mouthwash said...

Dear Anon,

We are all entitled to our opinion. I would invite you to re-read this article once more. You will find that the author is yes, passing judgement, but she is also torn. She is torn between what she see's and what she hears. She has done her research on this artist. You on the other hand have not done your research on this author.

Thank you for your comment! While we do disagree, I am glad that you felt free to express your opinion. I appreciate that. Next time, I wish that you would let us know who you are.


PS did you see her SNL performance?

Lisa Steinheim said...

I personally don't get all the hate. I feel like people placed this strange hope in her and when she was different from peoples assumptions, they got angry at her.

I think this entire Lana Del Rey thing is more about people's personal relationships with their perceptions of reality. They feel that there must be a clear delineation of the great divide of high and low art, so they can never embarrass themselves into openly admitting that they may enjoy something or be stirred by something of artifice. But we can and clearly many people have with Lana Del Rey or there would not have been such passionate outrage.

Is her packaging manufactured and calculated? Maybe, probably...but with such manufacturing and calculation there has to be something of substance behind it all and there is; the music. If this is what she had to do to grab the attention of the world of music fans, that's fine with me. I love her music and hope she continues to make music as Lana or Lizzie.

sexogranolaerock said...

I 100% agree with your coment!

Not just i lost all respect for her and her work but i got a litlle personal issue when i made a cover and a drawing of her, and they block me for corpyright things!

WOW!I mesn, if a fan had so much hard work for hear, learn your song and singing - whitout get paid what so ever - is not like a propagand for your music?!?!?!!

anyway, taking this issue, i find hard to believe in someone singing that dosen't care for money when she cleary hava a millionaire father... and thoses lips, OUCH! Hurt my eyes just to look at them!

Great blog, i will visit more :)

PS: Sorry my bad english, greetins from Brazil

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