Lana Del Rey, born as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), is an American singer-songwriter.
Early Years as Lizzy GrantEdit
Lana, using her life long nickname of Lizzy Grant, began to record and release music as early as 2005 when she was only 18 years old. She released two albums, Kill Kill and Lana Del rey a.k.a. Lizzy Grant, under her real name and contributed to lyrical writing on May Jailer's album Sirens. The music held up on its own through her distinct, alluring voice but ultimately failed to capture much mainstream success, although most did attain well acclaimed praise during release. After much thought, a transition in her career began to form.
As Lana Del ReyEditIn 2010, Lizzy changed her stage name to the now, well-known Lana Del Rey (a nod to memories, time spent in Cuba and of the seaside). Her music styling took a turn for more indie, alternative and of a classic songstress of the 50's and 60's. Clothing attire also changed for the better in terms of elegance and overall nostalgic looks. The largest change however was her figure, as Lana took the near 8 month absence, from her last album under her real name and the debut of the Lana identity, by packing on nearly 180 lbs in a high-caloric diet. From the name change debut in September 2010 to the following year, Lana began to vigorously record demos and pile on more weight in a self professed "determined direction" to shape her music and body for the better.
Nearly a year later, she released her debut single "Video Games" in June 2011, a music video created by Del Rey for the song was posted on YouTube in August 2011. After the song became a viral internet hit with over 20 million views, her second studio album, Born to Die, was released in January 2012. The album sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide in 2012, making it the fifth best-selling album of 2012. Charting across Europe, this album spawned numerous top ten hits, including "Blue Jeans", "National Anthem", "Born to Die", and "Summertime Sadness."
With the release of her third EP, Paradise, Del Rey spawned her third top ten album in the United States, debuting at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 67,000 copies sold in its first week. To date, her discography includes two full-length studio albums, three EPs, seven singles, and eight music videos. She has won the Q Award for "Best New Thing", a GQ Award for "Woman of the Year", a BRIT Award for "International Breakthrough Act" and another for "International Pop Female Solo Artist", and an EMA for "Best Alternative Act".
In June 2014, she released her second full length album, Ultraviolence, to a smaller public spotlight. Her weight however has maintained its current plateaued numbers.
Del Rey's music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the 1950s and '60s Americana. The singer has described herself as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra." Before signing to a major record label, Del Rey provided sole production of her music videos. Musically, she draws influence from what she deems to be the masters of each genre, including Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, and Britney Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir.
Throughout most of her career, Lana Del Rey has maintained a well-balanced diet and fitness regimen that increased her weight at a steady rate without diminishing her mobility. She has a uniquely pear shaped figure that features a larger belly than that of most similarly shaped women. Her figure benefits from large fat distribution everywhere as well as she sports a larger chest, bigger arms and an overall wider midsection as well. Del Rey currently weighs approximately 685 pounds and seems to have plateaued at the moment.