Jenny's Mouthwash: Lana Del Rey Re-Visited

I have a confession to make:

I like Lana Del Rey.


This might not seem like a big deal to you. Chances are, you're a fan.

The reason this revelation is so distressing to me is because I debuted my Jenny's Mouthwash on this blog last October with a post revealing the truth behind Lana. It was actually quite a controversial post.




Her image, like almost every single celebrity in history, is fake.

The name, the face, the personality: It's all an illusion.

Almost a year ago, when I researched Lana, I was horrified by what I read in interviews. I was angry about the blatant lies she told, such as stating she had never had her lips injected and that she grew up in a trailer park.


It made me feel as though she was playing us all for fools. And let's be real, she was.

But that's show business.

She's not the first celebrity to create a fake image for the world to admire. She won't be the last.


I think the reason so many people felt disgusted and betrayed was not because the Lana persona was fake, but because we saw it become fake and it embarrassed us. The internet, and media sources, like TMZ, have taken away the shroud of mystery behind Hollywood stars.

It's kind of the same concept of going to McDonalds. You like their fries. You drink their shakes. (You'll never admit it to me, but you eat their burgers.) It's delicious. But if you ever had to go into the kitchen and see how the food was actually prepared, you'd be appalled. You might even become a vegetarian.


Hollywood was built on mystery. It was built on fairytales. And how are we supposed to swallow the fairytale when we saw it being written?


Imagine if in the 1950s, there had been reality television. And instead of American Idol, there was Hollywood Idol, where we got to see Norma Jean Baker and Audrey Ruston transform from everyday girls into movie stars with different names. Would they be the same legendary Hollywood icons they are today? Doubtful.


We crave the mystery, but it doesn't exist anymore.


So instead of respecting Lana Del Rey as an artist, or even as a celebrity, we're reduced to simply obsessing over her brilliantly produced music and admiring her gorgeous photos on weheartit.


Lana Del Rey has everything it takes to be an icon. She just has the wrong generation.
Photobucket

8 comments

ravenlocks said...

Wow. Brilliantly written. I personally have NEVER heard a single song of hers. Ever. The only reason I know about her is through the internet and what people have written about her. I don't watch TV or listen to the radio, so this may explain why I've never even heard her speak.

But when I first heard about her I was disgusted by her lies. I don't like liars. But as you pointed out, many celebrities lie! Lady Gaga is a fine example (along with her infinite contradictions). Katy Perry (Kathryn Hudson) is also an example. So my question is...why do people give Lana a hard time? Funny thing is...I didn't think of this question until AFTER I read this post of yours. :) That's how good you write. You just changed my mind about this celeb!

xoxo

Azu

Sherin said...

I love Lana Del Rey. I know the image and everything is fake, but her album is incredible. Every song on it is amazing. And she's absolutely stunning, with real talent: which can't be said for a lot of the celebrities out there today.
Glad you gave her another chance!

MattieMo said...

I love Lana even though I tried not to, but it's impossible to ignore that voice and perfect songs...her album is one of the best things I've heard this year.
But damn, those fake lips bother me so much :) she would be so pretty without them...

Melmo said...

I love her songs and her style. It's amazing, however it's like with almost every celebrity. fake. that's sos right what you said. People just be who you are!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I didn't know so much of her image/look was manufactured until now! I'm with you Jennifer and still like the sound though. So how do we balance love of one part of someone and dislike of another part?
Hmm a question to ponder as I get some chicken mcnuggets (jk!)

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Arielle-HumblePieVintage said...

I don't like her, just because of the fact that she re-created herself and lied about it. Just like Lady GaGa. I understand that's what Marilyn Monroe did to a point, but Lana Del Ray/Lizzie Grant brought being a phony to a whole new level.

A Brit Greek said...

Can't say I knew anything about her until you wrote that post, she wasn't big across the pond yet, then she exploded. She has definitely had something injected into those lips!

Anyhoos I will add that ever since I read Fast Food Nation I haven't been to a MacDonalds for burgers, fries McNuggets etc... that's 5 years and counting now!

x.o.x.o

A Brit Greek said...

Can't say I knew anything about her until you wrote that post, she wasn't big across the pond yet, then she exploded. She has definitely had something injected into those lips!

Anyhoos I will add that ever since I read Fast Food Nation I haven't been to a MacDonalds for burgers, fries McNuggets etc... that's 5 years and counting now!

x.o.x.o

© A•Mused

This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services - Click here for information.

A Mused Blog | A Northern California Sonoma County Blog