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Flaws Are OK: Lessons From Lorde

Did you make it to Chile’s Lollapalooza festival last month?


Neither did I, but I’m sure it was a hit. With acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sound Garden, and Arcade Fire, how could it have not been?

Anyway, now that we’re up to speed, another talent who graced the stage in Chile was New Zealand’s latest hit maker, Lorde.

Lorde — the 17-year-old singer-songwriter behind hits “Royals” and “Team” — found two distinctly different photos of herself from the event — one featuring her with fresh, flawless skin, and the other showing her blemishes.

The New Zealander took to Twitter to remind us all about the marvels of technology — among other things:

Sure, Lorde isn’t the first celebrity to last out over retouched images, but she’s just a teenager.

Back in my day (as I wag my cane at you), we were just learning about the wonders of photo editing. Acne’s a serious bitch, and you’re telling me you can make it disappear?

Get to it!

Kudos to Lorde for showing us all (literally) that you don’t have to be “perfect” to be amazing. “Flaws” are OK.

When was the last time you were unapologetic about your “flaws”?

Flaws Are OK: Lessons From Lorde

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2014). Flaws Are OK: Lessons From Lorde. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from


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