Lana Del Rey and her selfie on the cover of 'Intro.'
Photo: Intro Magazine
Considering #selfie was last year’s word of the year for Oxford Dictionary and every Instagram user on the planet, we’re not surprised to see that a magazine published an editorial spread consisting solely of smartphone portraits taken by its subject. But the fact that Lana Del Rey stars in that spread is not something we would have guessed. Over her three-year meteoric rise as Lana Del Rey, Lizzy Grant has positioned herself as the queen of all things vintage Americana. So, it’s pretty unexpected to see her through the lens of something as current as a selfie rather than a handheld grainy retro camera like the one used to shoot her “National Anthem” video. But the change of scenery—er, filter?—is suiting her well.
A still from Lana Del Rey's 'Tropico' teaser.
Photo: Lana Del Rey's YouTube Page
Lana Del Rey has been quietly teasing Tropico, her short film, for months. Today, for the first time since this summer, there was news on the project in the form of a thirteen-second clip. Prior to the clip, Lanahad only provided images: first came a very Adam and Eve-y image of her holding a snake, which revealed that Tropico existed in the first place. Then came her second Adam and Eve image, in which she sported a flower bikini and stood next to model Shaun Ross in a dark forest. The final image was Lana in a veil, kneeling on the ground, evoking the Virgin Mary. Those images were rapidly released at the end of July and in the beginning of August, and since then we've heard nada. Way to leave us hanging, LDR.
Lana Del Rey on the cover of the November issue of 'NYLON.'
After hearing nary a peep about Lana Del Rey for months, she's popped back into our lives big time in the past few days. First, of course, was her role in the Kimye engagement: Kanye hired a 50-piece orchestra to play her song, "Young and Beautiful" as the soundtrack to the proposal. Then, she crops up on NYLON's November cover with insanely shiny, deep auburn hair (it's not that far of a cry from her dark brown hair the last time we saw her, on the Tropico poster, but it's noticeably lighter). Where ya been, LDR? It doesn't really matter, TBH, we're just happy to have you back.
On the cover, Lana wears a Calvin Klein denim shirt, a black bustier from Nasty Gal, and a DKNY skirt. She may be laying low, but she can still bring it when it comes to magazine covers: she has, after all, had ample experience. Gone is her signature cat eye; in its place a some subtle pink eyeliner and mascara.