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Superstar Olivia Rodrigo’s Secrets to Success
December 30, 2021 -  160 

This year’s breakout superstar shares her life advice and love lessons.

How can I write a hit song?
Write from your heart and write as much as you possibly can.

Where should I look for creative inspiration?
From your life and relationships. And also from your friends’ lives and their relationships.

What do you look for in a great fashion buy?
I look for quality, and I like pieces that are kind of funky and weird.

Where do you look?
I try to shop vintage, mostly. I love a Depop or the Real Real purchase, too.

Where should I head to decompress?
Get in the car, play your favourite album and drive around. If I’m feeling really sad, I’ll turn on Adele. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster.

Name a book that shaped you.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It taught me everything I know about creative living.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My best friend from my hometown got me a box with a bunch of letters that were like “Open this when you feel sad.” “Open this when you feel tired.” They were all little notes tailored to make me feel better. It was so thoughtful and sweet.

What’s the best you’ve ever given?
I just got my mom an iPhone so she could FaceTime me and that’s been really great because now I get to see her more often.

Which up-and-coming musician should I listen to?
Baby Queen. She’s an English artist and she’s cool.

What’s your fragrance?
Baccarat Rouge 540. I like perfumes that have a natural musk.

What’s the best way to get over someone?
Besides cutting off all contact, I think it’s important to not only forgive them, but forgive yourself for letting everything happen. That’s what I’ve learned.

What are the best traits a partner can have?
Consistency, kindness, and respect.

Which film do you always come back to?
Twilight. Edward was my first ever crush.

Okay, I have 24 hours in California. What do I do?
Go to Disneyland. Then go to Malibu. Then go to Frida Tacos in Brentwood.

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing what would it be?
That you’re more than enough, and to trust your gut.

What is your prized possession?
My Yamaha piano. I’m sitting on it right now. It was the first big purchase I bought with my own money. I’ve written all my songs on it.

Whose wardrobe do you wish you could raid?
Zoë Kravitz. She can put anything on it and looks super chic and edgy.

Which beauty products do you swear by?
Glossier Boy Brow and sunscreen. And I love First Aid Beauty BB cream.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette.

What’s your go-to party outfit?
I have a lot of vintage dresses, and I love wearing a little Réalisation Par dress with Doc Martens.

What’s the best way to tell someone I like them?
Write a song for them.

Have you done that for a crush?
(Laughs) Definitely, yeah.

How do you make festive holidays special?
Spend it with people you really love and enjoy.

How do I know when I’m in love?
I know that I’m in love when I want my partner to be happy, even if that means that they’re not with me.

Who is your beauty icon?
Lucy Boynton. She always has great make-up – the best.

Where are the best beaches?
I’m a California girl, so I love Malibu.

What does overnight global fame feel like?
Overwhelming. And exciting. And… lucky.


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