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Beauty Queen[]

Beauty Queen or Stars & Queens,[1] commonly referred too as (the) Primadonna after the title track, was inspired by a comment made by Marina's boyfriend at the time.

Marina describes the Primadonna as a song for girls or women who are trying to validate themselves without validation from others. In an interview with Elle Girl:

It's about not needing anybody when it comes to love—your raison d'etre is to live for adoration. Girls usually feel like this when they are not appreciated in a relationship. The inspiration for the song came from an ex-boyfriend. He thought it was funny that I was a mega drama queen always talking 'global love' this, 'global love' that! He called me a prima donna. I love it but I also kind of hate it. Like they say, 'You only hate in others what you hate in yourself', so I thought I'd channel this well-known but kind of undesirable character type into a pop song. As the saying goes (that I just made up): You've either been one or dated one at least once in your life.[2]
Casper Balslev (26 Oct 2011) 1-001


Marina additionally called Primadonna (along with Teen Idle) an "undesirable character type."[3]

Primadonna, suitably, is the lead single and the only archetype with a full music accompanying it, and the album cover of Electra Heart.[4] It was the first post on the Electra Heart Tumblr,[5] and the instrumental of The State of Dreaming, a Primadonna track, was used in The Archetypes (song). Additionally, there is a possibility that the archetype would have also got one of the missing three "home videos" in the style of The Archetypes (song) and Su-Barbie-A. Like the Teen Idle, no filmed footage from the Primadonna photoshoots were ever used.



  • Lonely Hearts Club's lyrics, "Love will never be forever", were tagged under the Primadonna tag, however the phrase "Lonely Hearts Club" was tagged under Teen Idles.
  • E.V.O.L's lyrics, "I'm your dying beauty queen", were tagged under the Primadonna tag, however it is a confirmed Homewrecker song.
  • Eternity: The lyrics "on the silver screen I'm the beauty queen" are almost identical to Primadonna, however the song was scrapped, perhaps in favour of Primadonna.


  1. People ask me how long it takes me to do my hair. I don't know... I'm never there.
  2. Unused.
  3. Unused.
  4. With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying...
  5. Curl up & Dye.
  6. Electra Heart.
  7. Unused.
  8. Primadonna cover. (Uncropped, differently edited).
  9. Unused.
  10. Just for the record, today is bitter with occasional fits of jealous rage.
  11. Unused.
  12. Unused.

  1. I believe in me.
  2. Love will never be forever.
  3. Dear Diary, my name is Electra Heart
  4. Electra-cute me.
  5. I'm your dying beauty queen.
  6. Even a lie is telling
  7. Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fakest of them all? (tagged as the-primadonna)
  8. Use lies to reveal truth.
  9. Marilyn.