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Olivia Rodrigo Dressed Like An Early-2000s Pop Star On the Cover of NYLON

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Following in the footsteps of the singer-slash-actresses that came before her (Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Raven Symone), Olivia Rodrigo has just completed a Disney Star right of passage: standing with her hair blowing in the wind, hands held over her head in front of a shadowy backdrop.

Much like the viral "Disney knees" stance, this pose alone gives immediate flashbacks to the Disney Channel music videos that shaped my youth. Add in Olivia's thigh-high, strappy heels, ruffled mini skirt, and the patchwork halter top and it feels like I've just stepped onto the set of a 2001 DCOM (I life dream of mine, tbh).

Photo credit: NYLON
Photo credit: NYLON

These early-aughts pop star vibes came from one of Olivia's three digital covers for NYLON's May 2021 Music Issue–an appropriate choice, considering she's the single hottest thing in music right now.

Chatting over Zoom for the story, Olivia goes deep into the classic Disney star image and how she's breaking the mold. Namely, unlike Miley and Demi, Olivia says the word f*ck.

"I'm very aware of that classic 'Disney pop girl' archetype. My music is definitely separate from my acting in a way I always dreamed would happen. When 'drivers license' came out, everyone was like, 'I have no idea who this Olivia Rodrigo girl is, but I love this song.' That is the absolute dream for me, because I've always wanted to be taken seriously as a songwriter. Being an actor can interfere with that, just because being an actor is based on telling lies, and being a songwriter is based on telling the absolute, whole truth," she told NYLON.

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"People always ask me, 'Oh, did you say f*ck in 'drivers license' to show that you aren't just a Disney star?' It's cool that people might think that, but I'm just making music that I love and that I feel passionate about," Olivia continued. "It's who I am. I have a dirty mouth. It was what felt natural and good to me, and people resonated with that. If I am ushering in a new generation of pop stars that aren't afraid to speak their mind, that's so cool. I'm just doing my thing, though."

Olivia, I speak for every single one of us when I say: please keep doing your thing.

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