“I feel like I grew up never seeing that.”
When asked about how she navigates her existence as an Asian American musician, she opened up about how she’s been thrust into being a role model for young girls.
“I sometimes get DMs from little girls being like, ‘I’ve never seen someone who looked like me in your position,'” she shared. “And I’m literally going to cry, like just thinking about it. I feel like I grew up never seeing that. Also, it was always like, ‘Pop star,’ that’s a white girl.”
The “Good 4 U” singer was also candid about the ageism facing young women artists in the music industry: “There’s this pressure for young women in pop music, and it’s like this thing where you’re only successful if you’re under 30,” she said. “I’ve always resented that because I think I’m just going to get better with age.”
Olivia continued, “I’m just going to become a better songwriter and know what I want to say more…I think that’s actually a really fun, exciting part of being in the space that I’m really encouraged myself to sort of have different eras and reinvent yourself.”
The teen star also opened up about genre versatility, saying that she’s inspired by everything from country to rock — although pop is clearly her favorite. “In 2021, I feel like artists aren’t really boxed into a genre anymore. I look at someone like Billie Eilish, who I’m so obsessed with, and her music is like pop, but it’s kind of rock, too.”
As for what’s next for the pop sensation, she’s “most excited to tour,” saying: “I’m really excited to create that experience for people. And I’m really excited to write more music and suddenly I can work with anyone I want to work with now, which is so crazy and gonna be a really fun thing to explore.”
Oh, and she’s also looking forward to, ya know, doing normal teen things outside of being a chart-topping legend. “Honestly, I literally just turned 18, so there are so many normal teenage things that I’m really excited to do. There’s so much in life that I have to learn and so many experiences to be had…I love growing up. I feel like I get happier with age, so hopefully that’s a trend that continues.”
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