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Rising teen singer Lorde covers the latest issue of Teen Vogue. Clad in a plaid look for the cover shot, the starlet speaks to the magazine about her sense of style, sounding wise as she explains that the industry has certain expectations but she is happy to stick to her own style, which blends feminine pieces with tomboyish designs. She explained:

“There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal. I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys’ clothes too. I guess that’s why I get labeled as ‘the grumpy girl,’ because I don’t play into that.”

Lorde says she likes to check out her social networks regularly because she feels like she can connect to her fans instantly without anything in between. She especially enjoys the simplicity of Instagram:

“I like Twitter because it’s a good direct link to people. You just reach out to someone you like and say, ‘Follow me please, and then we can talk.’ I really like Instagram as well. It’s a good one, very simple. I’m also on Facebook and Tumblr.”

Now just 17, Lorde says her life has changed dramatically and she is experiencing things she never would have if she had stayed living in quiet life in New Zealand:

 “Living in New Zealand, you don’t get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before. My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world—to South America, to here, to London—every day I kick myself, I’m so lucky.”