Lana calls herself a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and has the vocals to back that up. With her sultry, sexy voice and appearance, she has men and women all over the world drooling over her. Not only can her music pull you back into the 60s, but also it contains a poetic and philosophical flare to it. An amazing musician and a wonderful piece of eye candy, Lana earns her spot as our Slut of the Week.
Birth Name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
Stage: Lana Del Rey
Birthday: June 21, 1986
Hometown: Lake Placid, New York
Claim to Fame: Signed to 5 Points Records in 2007
Albums: Lana Del Ray, Born to Die, Ultraviolence : Kill Kill, Lana Del Rey, Paradise, Tropico
All American Girl
Born in New York City and raised in Lake Placid, New York, Lana spent most of her early years in the heart of the nation. Despite going to boarding school for three years in Connecticut, she found her way back to New York when she went to Fordham in the Bronx and then moved to Brooklyn for four more years. Living in Manhattan and having gone to boarding school in Connecticut for three years myself, I know how crazy it can make a girl. In fact, Lana was sent to the Kent School in Connecticut for her alcohol dependence (although I became alcohol dependent at boarding school!). She references her country in pictures and songs – or even in her beautiful take on Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in National Anthem. It seems that her American roots are heavily tied into her music and who doesn’t love a patriotic gal? She even made her start in the music industry performing in local clubs in Brooklyn, the way any hipster would do it. Her upbringing gives her a sexy edge that only a native city girl could inherit, making men around the world travel to cities like New York to find a girl like her!
Beauty and Brains
Let’s face it, if Lana wanted to rely on looks her entire life, she could. Instead, she chose the traditional route of going to college to get her education. She wanted to know the connection between science and God and studied metaphysics to see how technology could connect us to our roots as a species. There’s nothing sexier than a girl’s big brain, right guys? She spent most of the past few years involved in community service, telling Vogue UK, “Homeless outreach, drug, and alcohol rehabilitation—that’s been my life for the past five years,” two years ago. If she’s this giving in her life, imagine how generous she’d be in the bedroom! Nothing better than a selfless person with a lot of knowledge, proving that women can get an education, help others, and follow their dreams. Maybe some of us aren’t blessed with a voice and look like Lana’s, but you get the point.
Zen As Can Be
My favorite word and concept in the world is “zen” which is attaining enlightenment. So when I’m in my dorm room filled with christmas lights and a trippy tapestry, Lana is my favorite girl to put on. Every note and word puts you in a better place of peacefulness and serenity. Cheesy, I know – but I dare you to listen to her and not feel like you’re floating on a cloud. As my roommate Kelly says, she “brought back the 60’s old Hollywood glam lifestyle and is so posh and has this cool edge about her.” A man’s favorite fantasy and a girl’s idol, Lana brings zen to people all over the world. Every time I hear her voice in The Great Gatsby, my heart can’t help but turn to mush the way guys react when they see her all too gorgeous naked photos in magazines. Every inch of her body seems to be relaxed and it’s a wonderfully contagious feeling. In 2012, when she was GQ’s woman of the year, she said, “It’s amazing what happens when you put your interests out into the universe and make it known what you want – you just have to know what it is.” Studying philosophy clearly had a mentally stimulating affect on her, knowing more about her relationship with herself, others, and the universe. This is a great example of enlightenment and Lana shows us that through struggles, we can find ourselves and create peace and happiness in our own world.
It’s no question that Lana loves to have a good time, which is why it’s so refreshing to see a celebrity who doesn’t care who sees her indulging in a couple calming habits. She’s openly been smoking cigarettes during performances and in several music videos, which shows people that even celebrities need to control their stress sometimes with a nice, long drag. Mentioning weed and alcohol in her songs makes her words real because they represent her lifestyle as a previous alcoholic and she even claims her alcoholism was the inspiration for her song, Born to Die. She does admit that she hasn’t had a drink in years due to her prior problem, but it plays a big role in her past. She tells GQ in her interview, “when I write about the thing that I’ve lost I feel like I’m writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. Sure, there have been people, but it’s really alcohol.” Let’s face it, a lot of slutty girls get hooked into the crazy wild ways of smoking and drinking – it’s a common thing for a large amount of people. The fact that Lana embraces those things in her music makes it relatable and real, we all just want to break away from reality and have a good time!
Retro Sex Appeal
It’s clear that Lana isn’t shy about her body and in fact has a lot of fun showing it off in photo shoots and videos. Although she receives criticism about her supposed plastic surgery and the exposure of her body, she’s just focusing on making good music. Any slutty girl knows how to handle her haters and proudly walk with her head held high no matter what and Lana proves that talent can overpower and scrutinizing voice. Although she is not too interested in feminism, she tells The Fader in her cover story, “My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants,” which is a reoccurring theme for us women. To our amusement, she also tells them she’s choked often in her videos because she likes “a little hardcore love.” Her sexual videos and stories show that she’s not afraid of being herself no matter what man she’s with and has a wild side that we can all appreciate and fantasize about. Thank you Lana for all that you do for us!