Authenticity is used to create indie’s borders, while elite tastemakers serve as border patrol.
Lana Del Rey has been hyped and hated, trafficked and attacked. But if this week’s debut of “China Doll,” an Interscope record deal, and an Odd Future remix tell us anything, it’s that she’s here to stay—for now. From the more unflattering origin stories, we’re told the artist Lizzie Grant modeled herself after Britney Spears until her managers thought her fit to ascend the Best Coast throne. They orchestrated a Mad Men makeover, injected her lips with collagen, and renamed her Lana Del Rey.