Oh, Ariana Grande.
One of our girl crushes, we’ve long been admiring her fearless feminism – easily taking down a radio show host for sexist questions last November and unashamedly revealing exactly what she thinks.
So when we sat down to talk to the starlet about her new Lipsy collection, we couldn’t wait to grill her on some of these issues…
You’re very outspoken about equality and feminism, why are these issues so important to you?
‘I love surrounding myself with strong women and I love promoting that kind of attitude.’
What misconceptions about feminism would you like to break down?
‘Feminism is just about promoting equality- it’s not a scary thing- we should all consider ourselves feminists.’
You’ve spoken out a lot about online bullying, what do you think can be done to prevent if from happening?
‘All you can do is lead by example. We’ve all been there or know someone who has. I see it daily and it breaks my heart.’
You wrote an amazing piece on Twitter about the double standards women experience, what examples of these have you encountered recently in your own life?
‘I think all of us have experienced double standards at one time or another. It’s important that we stick up for ourselves and for other women.’
Who do you look up to?
‘Madonna! I recently performed with her and it was everything and more. That woman’s drive is beyond.’
Recently you worked with your ex [former The Wanted band member, Nathan Sykes] wasn’t that tough?
‘We are friends and I am so happy with how the song turned out.’
Ed Sheeran said you have a foul mouth after last year’s VS secrets, is that true?
‘I can be known to have quite the inappropriate sense of humour! And Ed Sheeran is so British and embarrasses easily. He is so easy to make blush. I think people often think I’m totally censored so I love to catch them off guard!’
Which other artists do you love?
‘I really love Adele, Jessie J’s my girl – collaborating with her was super cool. She brings such a different vibe. I was buzzing off her energy. Ed’s obviously a legend. The Brits know how to do it just much more proper and [all] washed down with a nice cup of tea!’
You’ve got a huge amount of followers online. Tell us that you manage your own accounts…
Have you seen my social media?! No one in their right mind would take ownership of that. It’s me, me, me!
By Giselle Wainwright