Lana Del Rey’s brand new video for ‘National Anthem’ has landed and it’s a whopping seven minutes of Instagram-filtered LDR acting her socks off as she channels American icons, Marilyn Monroe AND Jackie O. Basically, it’s amazing.
The video starts with LDR singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ as Marilyn once did for President John F. Kennedy back in 1962. The singer keeps her signature brunette locks though. (Is it just us, or should she be endorsing her own shampoo/conditioner already?)
After her rendition, the star becomes Jackie O with bouffant hair, swing jackets and pearl necklaces as she canoodles with Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky (who plays JFK) and their beautiful children and little dogs. The smoke puffing vid is filled with liquid eye liner, headbands and LDR’s signature long nails and shows off LDR’s acting skills as she dances, kisses and eventually, mourns her husband. We can also confirm that the blue dress Lana wears throughout the video is the Orion Bell sleeved wool crepe dress from Goat's SS12 season.
The controversial final scene shows LDR and A$AP Rocky re-enact US President John F Kennedy's assassination, which happened as the couple were driving to a political trip to Texas in 1963 - a year after Marilyn Monroe had sung to him. As the gunshot is heard, LDR starts an eerie monologue where she says over and over again, ‘I loved him’ and ends with ‘and I still love him, and will love him.’ It’s haunting stuff, especially as the video shows flashbacks of the pair acting in love together, alongside peeks of Lana’s wrist tattoos that read ‘trust no one’ and ‘paradise.’
The pair recently collaborated on a song called ‘Ridin’ which will feature on A$AP Rocky’s upcoming debut album, ‘Long Live A$AP’, and clearly have chemistry on screen. How do you think she measured up to Marilyn and Jackie?