Lana Del Rey posed for a nude cover photo and was named British GQ's "Woman of the Year." For a female singer as well-known for bombing on Saturday Night Live last winter as she is for any of her positive accomplishments, the nude photo and seemingly unwarranted "Woman of the Year" title will only serve to add fuel to her critics' fire. Del Rey has been seen by many as undeserving of her fame and just another pretty girl making overproduced records.
GQ has immediately received criticisms for sexism in the wake of the 15th Annual Men of the Year Awards Special Issue's release. Tinie Tempah, Robbie Williams, Mad Men actor John Slattery, and James Corden each appear clothed on alternate covers. Del Rey, the sole female, is the only one who appears in the buff.
While doing little to respond to the sexism allegations, British GQ justified its somewhat head-scratching choice of Del Rey as "Woman of the Year" with a statement pointing to Del Rey's "Video Games" single, popular debut album, "Born To Die," and burgeoning modelling career.
Lana Del Rey, born Lizzie Grant, is never one to shy away from attempting to prove that she has an edge. She even talks about her teenaged drinking problem in an interview as part of the edition: "I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so f**king cool. A great deal of what I wrote on 'Born To Die' is about these wilderness years. My parents were worried; I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, 'I'm f--ked. I am totally f--ked'."
Yes, ah, the wilderness years. They're a vastly unfortunate part of every true artiste's coming-of-age process to fame, aren't they? It must be tough being born rich, pretty (but model pretty?), and over-hyped to the point of actually believing you are a self-proclaimed "gangsta Nancy Sinatra," huh Lana?