Chart-storming Auckland teen Lorde has apologised for criticising Taylor Swift as too flawless to be a role model for young girls.
In the October issue of Metro magazine the Royals singer, whose newly released debut album Pure Heroine just hit the top spot on iTunes US and New Zealand album charts, talked about her stance on feminism and the role of female pop stars.
"Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls," she said.
"I'm never going to be like Taylor Swift - why can't I be as pretty as Lorde? That's f-king bulls-t."
On her tumblr, where the 16-year-old - real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor - regularly answers fan questions, she has now admitted that she "cocked that up a bit and what I said wasn't put in context".
"There's a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and I wish my favourite stars didn't look perfect because I think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they'll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense Photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection," she explained her earlier statement.
Swift was just the first person she could think of, something she now regretted.
"She happens to be good looking, but I think she actually uses her other imperfections in an incredibly powerful and relatable way," Lorde said.
"Taylor Swift has a very unique vision, which I admire."
The young singer added that she was still "very very new to this whole thing".
"I will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that TS [Taylor Swift] is for hers," she wrote.
"I admire her very much for this reason. Basically, this is an apology for not thinking too hard before I speak. Peace."
Her comments about Swift were not the first time she come under fire other singers' fans.
When her single Royals first pushed Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball from the top spot of the US iTunes charts scores of her fans turned on Lorde on Twitter.
The singer-songwriter also attracted the scorn of pop starlet Selina Gomez' fans after she criticised Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend's single Come and Get It.
"I love pop music on a sonic level," Lorde wrote.
"But I'm a feminist and the theme of her song [Come & Get It] is, 'When you're ready come and get it from me.' I'm sick of women being portrayed this way."
Lorde also spoke about her general stance on feminism.
"I think women who say, 'No, I'm not a feminist - I love men' - I think that is just . . . you don't know what it means," she said.
"You think it means that 'I don't shave under my arms, I burn my bras. F-k men!'.
"How could you be so uneducated, and so unwilling to learn about something which is so important to you?"
Lorde's single Royals is still sitting at No 3 on the US Billboard charts while her debut album, released last Friday in New Zealand and yesterday in the US, is set to enter the charts with a high ranking this week.
The global chart-sensation is in the United States to promote her album. The next time she will perform in New Zealand will be in January at Auckland's Laneway festival.
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