Olivia Rodrigo ‘challenges’ unfair ‘pressure on young women in pop’ to be instant successes: ‘I think I’m just going to get better with age’
Olivia Rodrigo believes there is undue ‘pressure for young women in pop music’ to succeed straight away.
The 18-year-old driver’s license singer spoke about society’s unfair expectation of young performers during a conversation with SNL’s Bowen Yang for V Magazine.
“It’s like being successful only when you’re under 30,” she reasoned, adding, “I’ve always hated that because I think I’ll only get better with age.
Pressure: Olivia Rodrigo spoke about the pressure on young women in pop music for V Magazine
‘You know what I mean? I’m just going to be a better songwriter and know what else I want to say [with time].”
The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star showed no shortage of stellar power in the dramatic spread, which was photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Nicola Formichetti.
In the interview, Olivia also shared how important it is to her to represent her fellow Filipinos.
“I sometimes get DMs from little girls saying, ‘I’ve never seen anyone like me in your position,'” she recalled.
Glam: The star stunned in a shoot by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Nicola Formichetti
In conversation: Driver’s license singer, 18, spoke to Bowen Yang of SNL
Why? “It’s like where you’re only successful if you’re under 30,” she reasoned, adding: “I’ve always hated that because I think I’ll only get better with age.”
And it literally makes me cry when I think about it. I feel like I grew up and never saw that. Also, it was always like, ‘Pop star, that’s a white girl.’
Olivia went on to talk about one of her own pop idols, Taylor Swift, and how she’s influenced her own music.
“I’ve really looked up to her since I was very young. I think writing all of her songs was a big inspiration for me,” said Rodrigo.
“I take songwriting most seriously out of any career I’ve had. It’s just so important to me. And I think that’s kind of the same with her.
Representing: In the interview, Olivia also spoke about how important it is to her to represent her fellow Filipinos, saying she’s proud to break the mold of pop stars who are just “white.”
Idol: Olivia went on to talk about one of her own pop idols, Taylor Swift, saying, “I’ve really looked up to her since I was very young
Peer: ‘She is clearly brilliant at it. And it’s just so cool to also be in a place in my career where people I’ve looked up to for a long time suddenly become my peers.”
“She’s clearly brilliant at it. And it’s just so cool to also be in a place in my career where people I’ve looked up to for a long time suddenly become my peers.
“That’s so crazy that I still can’t get my head around it. I am the biggest fangirl.
“And with so many artists, except Taylor, I’ve had that experience too. It was so surreal.
“It’s like, ‘What’s my life?’ I was also at the White House two days ago. It’s like, “What?” I do not get it.
Wow: That’s so crazy I still can’t figure it out. I’m like, the biggest fangirl’