5 things you didn't know about Olivia Rodrigo.
A Disney pop-rock post-Lorde. That's how Olivia Rodrigo's first album Sour was defined by some critics. Pop-rock? Certainly. Sound influences from Lorde? Definitely. But Disney's girlish days are over, and the 18-year-old singer has shown how her generation moves forward: not giving a sh*t about anyone who's not having fun.
In the latest edition of GQ, Olivia talked about the new phase of her life after Sour's record-breaking debut. "In the middle of lockdown, Disney's star transformed, seemingly overnight, into the rarest kind of artist: the self-made global pop star adored by Gen Z, boomer music critics — and everyone in between," says the publication.
You can get to know her actress side, which she doesn't have many expectations for, and her songwriter side, which is a big perfectionist and has existed since she was little. But here are 5 things you might not have noticed about Olivia Rodrigo, a low-profile Zeener.
1. 90 's obsession. 🦋
Like a big part of her generation, Olivia went straight into the references of the late '90s and early 2000s, which greatly influenced her style. From Paris Hilton's Simple Life to the aesthetics of Britney Spears, Kate Moss, and definitely Winona Ryder, her favorite, the singer shows that she doesn't wear labels. One day she might be wearing mom pants with suede sneakers, and the next a very low-waisted skirt with huge boots. She really knows how to have fun.
2. Person vs. Persona. ⚖️
Olivia grew up auditioning, receiving criticism, listening to "noes", and all of that prepared her for this moment in her career. At 14, the singer heard from producers and cast preparers: “Who are you? What's your brand?” And that's definitely not something a constantly changing teenager needs to hear. Today, she says she has understood, for the sake of her mental health, that most of the criticism of her work is about the Olivia persona, not the person. And when it gets too personal, she just stops using social media, checking the feed for just 30 minutes a day. Balanced.
3. Brutal should be about the boots. 🎸
Olivia is definitely a multi-talented person, but we should add one more to the list: the ability to choose shoes, especially boots. She's obsessed with leather boots of all sizes, colors, and shapes, and adapts each one to any situation. Recently, for her friend Billie Eilish album release, Olivia wore a purple printed set with Dr. Martens, the same boots worn in her performance of Good 4 U on Saturday Night Live. For groceries in NYC, she chose red platform boots from Naked Wolfe, an “Oops!...I Did It Again” fit for a casual walk, thank you so much, Olivia.
4. Playlist maker. 💿
Yes, she is a Swiftie and a Harry Styles fanfic writer, but Olivia's musical references go far beyond current idols. She mentions Billy Joel in Deja Vu, and talks about the Riot Girl Punk influence that her mother listened to when she was growing up, and it all shows up in the playlists made by her. Obviously, not all of them are public, but for her 18th birthday, Olivia created “18 years, 18 tracks” and added names like Black Sabbath, No Doubt, Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, and of course, Lorde to it. You can listen to this and other of her MixTapes here.
5. She can parallel park. 🚧
After all, it took 4 attempts to finally get her driver's license. And in April she received her first traffic ticket. The era was completed.
With a new car and career just going up, she's better than ever even though it’s so brutal out here.
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