Femme fatale

Above photos by Nick Tomecek

Slideshow photos by William McGinnis

Lana Del Rey is the epitome of a femme fatale.

In her music and videos for the 2012 record “Born to Die,” she oozes old Hollywood, with all the glamour of a goddess, queen, genie – you name it –leading lady. She seduces a different lover, though all of the same type, in every song.

Every grandiose romance untangled through the record ends tragically, just as she intended.

In my photos, I mimic Lana’s ensemble in the title track’s music video. It consists of a basic, white T-shirt, high-waisted shorts and red Converse sneakers.

From “Video Games,” the song that stirred excitement for her second studio album, to the concluding song “This Is What Makes Us Girls,” “Born to Die” drove reviewers up a wall. They ripped it to shreds, as if it were indeed born only to die a long, tragic death.

Multiple sources refer to this record as Lana’s “dark, twisted fantasy,” which is accurate. But, like her persona, the criticism acts as both the record’s downfall and its high point.

“Born to Die” taps into an unexplored territory of pop music, featuring fatalism, old-fashioned phrases and controversial messages. Whereas many reviewers deem this record anti-feminist, I interpret it the opposite. Lana Del Rey can do and say whatever she wants, no boundaries.

Words strung together that might typically come across crude or childish instead translate heavenly in Lana’s airy, and at times deep, vocals.

I'm not afraid to say

That I'd die without him

Who else is gonna put up with me this way?

In “Video Games,” “Diet Mountain Dew” and “Radio,” Lana is love’s most dedicated slave. The cigarette-smoking, pearl-wearing and diamond-loving singer then turns around and declares her self your national anthem. She is an unpredictable temptress at best.

The way people talk about “Born to Die,” it’s as if they were tricked to listen to it. They were. The dark songstress fooled millions into devouring every tantalizing lyric on the record, guiding listeners to their deadly downfall, like a true femme fatale.

See for yourself.

Lana Del Rey poetically walks the lines between love and hate and life and death, despising them all equally.

The outfit:

Earrings - Target

Top - Target

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Shorts - American Eagle Outfitters

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Shoes - Converse

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