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Taylor Swift Will Sing Her Music And Her Music Only

“I’m not going to be one of those artists who walks in [to a room with songwriters] and says, ‘I don’t know, what do you want to write about?’ or one of those things where they say, ‘So what’s going on in your life?,’ and I tell them and then they have to write a song about it. I wouldn’t be a singer if I weren’t a songwriter. I have no interest in singing someone else’s words.”

Taylor Swift has been named the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award, and opened up to the music mag about her many struggles and triumphs that took place over the last year, particularly those from her mega-success crossover album, 1989. Aside from detailing her difficulties in going pop, the 24-year-old reinforced the fact that she writes all of her own music, and more importantly, her own rules. If you ever thought you had a chance of Taylor singing one of your tunes, we hate to burst your bubble, but it won’t be happening. Girlfriend is 100 percent authentic and her songs are, and will always be, her own. That’s precisely why we love her. [Billboard]

“Wild” Author Cheryl Strayed Talks Vulnerability

“…She was really brave and raw and both emotionally naked and physically naked in ways that she’d never quite been before…So much of, for me, writing ‘Wild’ was about being fearless. Not just on the hike but in writing the book. Being fearless about what truth looks like and showing not just the positive parts of myself but also the negative things, writing about some regrets I have some things..the wiser, older self would do differently and not feeling apologetic about any of the life that I lived and I trusted that and the reward was that so many readers came to me and said ‘Thank you, because you told my story.’ So I talked to Reese about that. I do think that when we’re brave in the direction of vulnerability that people respond to that powerfully.”

In anticipation of this week’s release of the film version of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir Wild [I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AND BAWLED THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH -- AMAZING.-- AMELIA] Strayed and actress Laura Dern, who plays Strayed’s mother in the film, sat down to chat on HuffPost Live. Reese Witherspoon plays Strayed onscreen, and when Strayed was asked about Witherspoon’s nudity in the film, the interviewer got a much more emotional answer than he was probably bargaining for. I think most fans of Wild would agree that the honesty in the book, even when it comes to less than proud moments, is what makes it so powerful and relatable. Dern described Strayed’s presence on set as a magic factor that allowed the “Wild” actors to feel uninhibited in their work: “to be in the presence of someone who relieves us all of shame by your fearlessness and being your authentic self, it frees us of everything.” The full interview, available here, is totally worth a watch. [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Kim Kardashian Struggled With Insecurity Growing Up

“It’s taken me a long time to be happy with my body and for my confidence to grow to what it is today. I grew up when the body to have was the tall, slim, supermodel one, like Cindy Crawford’s. No one looked like me. It’s good to break the mould and recreate one. I’m an Armenian girl, I have shape, and it turned out people liked that. That makes me feel good about myself and about other women for being so supportive. I am a confident woman, but I didn’t just arrive confident – it has built over the years and that is a big part of who I am now.”

I sometimes think about what middle school must have been like for Kim Kardashian, when the size-0 look was all the rage and getting breasts before your classmates was feared. As it turns out, now-noted narcissist Kim had trouble loving her body just like any other young person might have, even if she was already kinda bratty back then. It’s sort of a bummer that others’ approval is what ultimately got her to a place of confidence, but I can’t fault her for that too much – it’s a big part of human nature. As problematic as Kim can be, she deserves some cred for working the gorgeous shape she’s got even in the face of judgement and body shaming, and for encouraging other women to do the same. [Elle UK] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Terry Crews Talks Feminism & Modern Masculinity

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Terry Crews Talks Feminism & Modern Masculinity
"I'm not going to be silent."

“I think the big thing about feminism is that it scares men because, you know—the big deal is that people are scared of being controlled…I want to be clear that feminism is not saying ‘women are better than men.’ That’s not what’s going on … What it is is that we’re talking about gender equality, true gender equality …b ut the problem is that men have always felt like they’re more valuable … I have been that guy where I felt I was more valuable than my wife and kids.”

I’m not a football fan and I don’t watch”Brooklyn 99″ so while I recognize Terry Crews’ face, I am wholly unfamiliar with his work as an athlete and actor. But after watching this interview with Crews (above), I’m psyched to learn more, especially about his recent foray into gender criticism. Crews has written a book called Manhood: How to Be A Better Man — Or Just Live With One, and participated in the recent “What Makes A Man 2014: Maps to Manhood” conference, showing just how easy it is for men to support feminist ideals without taking over and dominating feminist spaces. Check out a few more choice quotes from Crews’ interview after the jump! Keep reading »

Taylor Swift Is Already Jaded At 24

“Wow, I really used to think that happily ever after was a thing. [Now,] I think that no matter what you find in terms of happiness and compatibility, there’s always going to be a struggle attached to it. I used to believe that you find the one and that’s it — nothing’s difficult after that. But then again, I know nothing now. I know legitimately nothing about lasting relationship experiences because I don’t have them.”

In the December/January issue of LuckyTaylor Swift talks about how her views of love have evolved — and made her kind of jaded. I mean, I can’t blame her too much for feeling worn down by the world. It’s not always the most cheerful place. I’m glad she acknowledges that nothing in life is 100 percent easy, including relationships, but does love really have to be that heavily associated with constant struggle? Relationships take work, but with the right person, difficulty shouldn’t be the defining factor, right? Then again, just like Taylor, I’m too new to the world to make that kind of judgment call either way. [Us Weekly; Lucky] [Image via AKM-GSI]

Katy Perry Talks Depression

“I wanted to share that side of my story, because I know there are so many other people out there that have gone through things like that, and you always feel like you’re the only one going through that. You walk out the door, and you see someone you know, and they ask you how you are, and you just have to say you’re fine when you’re not really fine, but you just can’t get into it, because they would never understand. Well, then comes along a song that speaks to you, that makes you feel like ‘Gosh, I can get through this if she can get through this, I can get through this.’”

Katy Perry got real about the lyrics to her song “By the Grace of God” in an Australian TV appearance. The lyrics allude to contemplating suicide, and Perry confirmed that she really did experience those feelings. After her divorce from Russell Brand she struggled with depression, and I love her reasoning for being open about that in her music. At our lowest moments in life, it’s so easy to feel like we’re completely isolated. I’m so glad Perry uses her platform to remind others that they aren’t alone. Music can be a life changer when we need it most. [Refinery 29]

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