By the time Elizabeth Woolridge Grant released her first album, Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant (2010), she’d already cycled through several pixie-dream-girl stage names, including Sparkle Rope Jump Queen and May Jalier. Since then, she’s settled on the mystical musical persona of Lana Del Rey, someone she describes as “Lolita lost in the hood.” As she’s developed her aesthetic over the years, Del Rey’s sister, Chuck Grant, has documented her transformation—and now, as Lana preps to tour the U.K. in 2013, VF.com reveals some of her sister’s personal photos from the early years of Lana Del Ray’s career in New York.
Photographer Chuck Grant.
(Via Vanity Fair)