Here are the photos from Lana Del Rey's controversial GQ shoot that some butthurt blogs have been losing their shit over, even arguing that LDR's put her credibility at risk. GQ is in the firing line for choosing to depict her naked, while the rest of the covers for the special edition noticeably had all the dudes in tuxedos (obvs, the real travesty here is Robbie Williams still being relevant in GQ's world but whatever.) And the second wind of internet anger, has been directed at the shot of her having her tit grabbed and throat clutched by a faceless man.
OK...I get the rage, but am I a horribly jaded human being for just Kanye-shrugging at the whole thing? Like, it's so knowingly risqué that I didn't find it offensive at all, contrived and lulz maybe, not offensive. The bit I did splutter at out loud, however, is this pull quote:
"Sure there have been people, but alcohol was the first love of my life."
Oh, LMAO Del Rey. I just find it really hard to work myself up into a frenzy, when everything she does, feels like part of a carefully cultivated master plan, to project this fragile and tortured Bambi-reincarnate image. The same way I didn't quite get, when a million snooty bloggers wrote about her previous guise as Lizzy Grant, all blonde hair and Colgate smiles, like they were uncovering some WMD level conspiracy.
No shit geniuses, she tried to crack the biz before, failed, so she, and the next kingmakers to try kick starting her music career, decided to revamp her image. Christ, I'm sure that's never happened before EVER and no artist has knowingly courted controversy to fuel a celebrity persona. But, c'mon, a photo shoot affecting her credibility? I've always thought turning out shitty performances and shitty music is what should ultimately be the test of a musician's credibility.
So, what's the verdict? Is she a terrible role model and disgusting monster setting feminism back fifty years for agreeing to the shoot? Should a men's magazine, aimed primarily at straight guys, have the audacity to run a tastefully nude woman on the cover to shift copies?
Have a look at the shoot below and decide for yourself.
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