Meghan Trainor Explains The Jab Against Skinny Girls On "All About That Bass"

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Since the peanut gallery all got online, it's incredibly difficult to take a stance on any topic without someone finding fault in your opinion. You say you like chocolate, people think you hate vanilla. And, it's doubly true when you're in the public eye. So, when the specialized clothing website One Stop Plus announced it would partner with Grammy-nominated singer Meghan Trainor for its rebranding as FullBeauty Brands, polarizing buzz was inevitable.

On the one hand, Trainor doesn't conform to a traditional definition of “plus size,” but her hit single "All About That Bass" does echo a love-your-body philosophy that most plus brands try to project. By partnering with her, FullBeauty is hoping to bring its style — and Meghan's body-positive message — to the masses.

After an amazing performance by Trainor (and, ahem, a life-changing runway show), we spoke to the chanteuse to learn more about what to expect from her first foray into fashion. Read on to find out more about the collaboration, her style evolution, and what exactly she meant by “no treble.”

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Why did you want to work with FULLBEAUTY brands?
"FullBeauty reached out to me because they loved my message of inspiration and empowerment for all women. I want women to feel inspired by my music and feel confident and beautiful, no matter what shape or size. I believe that all women should fully love how they are and how they look. I am proud to partner with FullBeauty brands, a company that embodies this same message."

What are your hopes for this partnership?
"I am partnering with FullBeauty brands on a couple of different projects throughout the year. These projects include event collaborations, social media engagement as well as fashion and beauty. We are still in the planning stages, so stay tuned for all the great things to come!"

Do you have any plans to design?
"At the moment, I want to have fun with fashion in a not-so-serious way. I only love to wear clothes that make me feel comfortable and beautiful. I would love to design bathing suits one day, and if I plan on doing it with FullBeauty Brands, you will definitely know about it."

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Have you received any negativity from people who feel you’re too small to rep brand that caters only to size 12+ women?
"I’ve realized that you can never make everyone happy. This collaboration is not about size, but about the bigger message that FullBeauty Brands promotes, which is empowerment, loving yourself, and accepting your body."

Has your style changed since you’ve become well-known?
"My stylists in NY and L.A. have really helped me define my style over the year. Every day I’m learning new fashion and make up tricks. I continue to choose what I feel most comfortable and confident in. If I’m traveling or chilling I usually wear a hoodie with black leggings and UGG boots. If I’m going out, I love wearing tight black turtlenecks with an A–line skirt and an over-the-knee boot."

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What piece of style advice could you give to other curvy women?
"I can’t speak for everyone, but what makes me feel awesome about my curves is a cute skirt — and you can never go wrong wearing a little black."

Do you feel pressure to look a certain way?
"Comfort is always the most important. But, obviously with this industry, there’s more pressure for me because I am constantly being seen in the public eye."

Have you ever endured any body criticisms during your rise to fame? If so, you did you handle it?
"I try to not pay attention to the criticism. My songs and lyrics are the things I wish people would have said to me while growing up. Everybody struggles with confidence, whether they are a pop star, a fan, or anyone else.

"I would tell anyone who is hearing criticism to ignore it, to remind yourself that you are special and beautiful. Say it out loud to yourself every day and you’ll be amazed how much it helps and how good you will feel."

Did you get any negative feedback from skinny girls are about your “no treble” lyric?
"Yes, a lot of people told me I was bashing skinny girls. When you start to find success there are always going to be critics, no matter what your message is. “All About That Bass” is all about loving yourself for who you are and feeling confident in your own skin. That’s the message of the song that I want people to leave with and one that I hope that fans are taking to heart."

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