For a singer whose angst-fueled alt-rock ditties drove her to music stardom in the 1990s, Alanis Morissette has (in an ironic twist?) really mellowed out now that she’s in her forties. The musician, who’s 42 now, posted a delightfully serene photo of her pregnant self completely naked and submerged near the bottom of a pool.
See, this is what she was up to in 1996: thrashing and rocking out onstage.
Morissette’s photo has drawn comparison to Nirvana’s iconic 1991 Nevermind album cover. But most are taking note of the accompanying quote, which she credited to her 5-year-old son, Ever Imre. “You have to be extra gentle around ladies because they are the most helpful people in the world ’cause they make persons.” A sweet sentiment indeed. So, when did the woman who brought us the rage-filled “You Oughta Know” become the queen of cool tranquility? It’s not exactly clear, but Morissette’s been filling her Instagram feed with placid imagery for long enough that it’s become a go-to place to mentally chill for writer Rachel Syme, who describes Morissette’s Instagram account as “a social-media zen.” Syme explained in an entire column what the experience of checking in on Morrissette is like.
“Staring into Morissette’s Instagram is like gazing out over the ocean or watching a prism cast rainbows on a wall: It is meditative, ruminant and a little numbing. The feed is a colorful font of Pinterest-ready, woo-woo, feel-good imagery: crystals organized in neat concentric circles, turquoise beads in ceramic bowls, a macro plate from Cafe Gratitude, spirituality books laid out on batik tapestry, wildflowers. The flow of images never feels too rushed or too planned — she will post three times in a single day, and then take a break for five weeks.”
Syme is on-point with that assessment. Apart from the occasional #TBTs to her glory days as a rock goddess, the feed, which has close to 200,000 followers is exactly that. See for yourself here.