NO­BODY’S POSTER GIRL

Meghan Trainor would like ev­ery­one to stop over-an­a­lyz­ing, please.

Elle (Canada) - - Radar - BY SARAH LAING

after Meghan Trainor co-wrote “All About That Bass” with pro­ducer Kevin Kadish, they spent six months shop­ping it around. It was passed on by at least a dozen artists. The ear­worm only be­came Trainor’s own first sin­gle be­cause she played it on her ukulele while au­di­tion­ing for über-pro­ducer L.A. Reid. So the Nan­tucket, Mass., song­writer cer­tainly didn’t write the booty­cen­tric hit with the in­ten­tion of it be­com­ing her man­i­festo or philo­soph­i­cal state­ment. In fact, she read­ily ad­mits that some of the lyrics, like “boys like a lit­tle more booty to hold at night,” were coined just to score a catchy rhyme. That’s why, even though the song made her pop’s break­out star of 2014 with a tour and a best­selling EP, Trainor would re­ally like ev­ery­one to stop read­ing so much into it—start­ing with “scary” fem­i­nists. “A lot of Twit­ter ac­counts that were called, like, ‘Fem­i­nist for life’ were the only ones com­ing at me say­ing ‘Your song is just about what men want for women,’” she says. “I was like ‘Uh-oh, they hate me!’” It prob­a­bly didn’t help that Trainor said she wasn’t a fem­i­nist in an in­ter­view with Bill­board last Septem­ber. “Back then, I couldn’t tell you the def­i­ni­tion so I felt bad—I’m just a 20-yearold girl who writes songs,” she ex­plains.

Fast-for­ward a few months and she has done a lit­tle re­search. “I fi­nally read the def­i­ni­tion and I was like ‘Wait, this is me!’” says Trainor, adding that her songs are about get­ting equal treat­ment and that Bey­oncé is her “all-time favourite per­son”— partly be­cause they agree that girls “run the world.” That might not be the ex­act mes­sag­ing fem­i­nists would use, but it’s as deep as Trainor cares to dig on this is­sue.

She is hap­pier about the fact that her hit song, which be­gins with a proud dec­la­ra­tion that she “ain’t no size 2,” has spread some much-needed body pos­i­tiv­ity. “When I found out I got a record deal, I was like ‘Oh, God, they’re go­ing to make me ex­er­cise and lose weight and wear bathing suits and it’s go­ing to be aw­ful,’” re­calls Trainor. “But, ac­tu­ally, they were like ‘We love you just as you are!’”—though she is quick to add that she thinks she’s “nor­mal size.”

In fact, it seems that if Trainor is in­ter­ested in do­ing any­thing as an artist, it’s cel­e­brat­ing her or­di­nar­i­ness. “I want some­one to talk about the walk of shame and drunk tex­ting so I don’t feel so bad,” she says. “Ev­ery­one does it, but ev­ery­one’s just do­ing love songs.” Luck­ily, Trainor’s just-re­leased al­bum, Ti­tle, has songs that grap­ple with both those top­ics. n

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