lorde is a badass

You probably don’t need another reason to wish you could go back in time and make your 17-year-old self as badass as Lorde, but unfortunately, she just got even cooler.

The outspoken feminist and “Royals” singer did an AMA on Reddit this weekend, covering everything from her favorite books to her future touring plans to her hair– all the while sounding 80% more mature than I did when I was her age (and 150% more New Zealand-y than anyone else alive). Reddit user saigezabarte posed the question, “Are you confident in your stage performance? I know people have criticized the way you perform. How do you respond to that?” And we got one hell of a response from Lorde:

i know when i’m onstage, i don’t think about how it looks, i just concentrate on really feeling what i hear. but i totally know i look like gollum when i perform, so it’s cool.

Excuse me, but my eyes just turned into cartoon hearts.

Why is it that self-deprecating humor works so well for some people and so horribly for others? Everything about that quote is unbearably endearing. And I have to give her props for throwing in a reference to The Lord of the Rings, which is both New Zealand as hell and almost a play on her name. Nice work.

And, of course, more importantly, I’m really excited to see a huge star who’s relatable to her teen audience and who doesn’t add to the already monumental pressure that the media piles onto young women. She’s here to perform music– not to model– and she’s not afraid to remind people of that. That kind of luxe just ain’t for her. She craves a different kind of buzz.

And to top it all off? When asked what shampoo she uses to maintain her wild mane, my teenage pure heroine gave the most perfect of perfect answers: “my mum buys it in 2-litre bottles from the supermarket i don’t even know.” Bad. Ass.

Via MTV / Photo: WENN