Who is Lana del Rey? She is Elizabeth Grant, the New York City-born musician who got her start playing Brooklyn’s underground club circuit. She is the scrappy singer who uploaded two homemade videos to the internet, only to watch her career explode in the aftermath.
She is the self-described underdog, an oft-misunderstood purveyor of glamorous and tragic Americana, apocalypse and utopia, breathless romance, and devastating isolation—often crashing into one another.
And she is our September 2020 cover star. In our new issue, the first in our history made entirely remotely, the elusive pop star talks to her producer Jack Antonoff about her upcoming album, going country, and the end of the world.
Elsewhere in the issue, fashion industry oracle Bethann Hardison tells Zendaya why her fight for diversity is far from over, and movie-star-in-the-making Antony Ramos and his A Star Is Born director Bradley Cooper dissect the fallacy of stardom. Meanwhile, the author Emma Cline talks daddy issues and directing with the legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jabari Brisport look to make all kinds of trouble.
Ahead of the release of his latest novel Inside Story, Martin Amis sits down with his friend Salman Rushdie to reflect on the friends they lost and the literary movement to which they belonged. Nightlife legends Connie Girl and Honey Dijon reminisce on what it was like being a star below 14th Street, and the artist Lawrence Weiner has a conversation about art and abnegation with the rock star Kim Gordon. And feminist icon Gloria Steinem answers a bunch of questions from some of her famous friends and admirerers. All that, and so much more.