Fem­i­nism is only one thing to cel­e­brate, says Ailbhe Malone

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Track of the Week: All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor A body-pos­i­tive an­them with a retro feel, All About That Bass is just su­per. With a spo­ken-word bit, an adorable video and a re­frain that shouts “ev­ery inch of you is per­fect from the bot­tom to the top”. And the best bit? What you’re hear­ing is the demo – Trainor recorded it as a demo for another artist, then they mas­tered it and left it as it is. Don’t mess with per­fec­tion. This is the song of the sea­son, for sure.

Jen­nifer Lopez has pushed back against ex­ces­sive photo re­touch­ing. She told the To­day Show: “I know every­body knows pic­tures are re­touched and all this kind of stuff, but I try to do min­i­mal be­cause I re­ally want it to be real. And I al­ways have them send me the orig­i­nal. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, did you do some­thing too much?’.”

Demi Lo­vato has gone all in against Twit­ter bul­lies who were tar­get­ing her sis­ter, who has sco­l­io­sis. Demi tweeted: “For any­one telling me to ‘chill’ ... The im­pact bul­lies have over the in­ter­net can lead peo­ple to sui­cide. I can han­dle the bullsh*t. But do NOT f*ck with my baby sis­ter. I’m all for peace and spread­ing love UN­TIL you go after a 12-YEAR-OLD who did NOTH­ING to you ... So dis­ap­pointed that after all the con­ver­sa­tion about cy­ber-bul­ly­ing in this world that peo­ple would con­tinue to do this to oth­ers. @Mad­dielovesyou1 you are BEAU­TI­FUL and the most pre­cious lit­tle an­gel in my life and I will al­ways pro­tect you. I LOVE YOU. Phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties are NOTH­ING to joke about. SE­VERE SCO­L­IO­SIS IS NOTH­ING TO MAKE FUN OF.”

Mean­while, Tay­lor Swift has had an awak­en­ing thanks to her friend­ship with Lena Dun­ham. She told the Guardian: “Be­com­ing friends with Lena – with­out her preach­ing to me, but just see­ing why she be­lieves what she be­lieves, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me re­alise that I’ve been tak­ing a fem­i­nist stance with­out ac­tu­ally say­ing so.”

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