"I'm drawn to women who aren't painted in history as sweet figures. Patti Smith was prickly. She was frustrated. She didn't take people's sh-t," the 17-year-old singer explains. "There's no better music idol for young women, because there is a lot of pressure for us to be really positive all the time."
The young musician credits her success to the Internet, something she believes is accessible to everyone.
"There are very few limits on what can be achieved by anyone of any age, living anywhere and of any race, because of the web," Lorde told the mag. "I'm proof of that. I think young people have changed the way we view pop culture... we now have this discerning power.
"We all have Tumblrs, we curate imagery every day. We can sniff out bullsh*t faster."
You tell 'em, Lorde!