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6 times Ariana Grande awesomely proved she isn't here for casual sexism.

In recent days, the pop star's made headlines for all the right reasons. Here are a few more examples.

Ariana Grande is perhaps best known for her pop vocal prowess, but she's also a pretty badass feminist.

It's OK if you hadn't noticed (I wasn't especially aware of this, either) as the media has a tendency to focus more on her behavior as it pertains to things like Donutgate (aka the time she said "I hate America") as opposed to, say, the times she's shut down body-shamers and music industry sexism.

Below are six times Ariana Grande showed off her feminist bona fides.


Here's Grande during a 2014 "Today" performance. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

1. That time she made it clear that's she's not here for body-shamers.

After seeing someone tweet "Got asked if I'd prefer @arielwinter1 or @ArianaGrande lol, it wud DEFINITELY be @arielwinter1 curves are sexy sticks aren't," Grande typed up an epic response about body shaming and pitting women against themselves:


"We live in a day and age when people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy! You know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing and body shaming!!! Talking about people's bodies as if they're on display ASKING for your approval/opinion. THEY ARE NOT!!! CELEBRATE YOURSELF. CELEBRATE OTHERS. The things that make us different from one another make us BEAUTIFUL. BODY BOUNDARIES. LOVE LOVE LOVE ONLY."

Winter, who stars on "Modern Family," responded, and the patriarchy blew up like the Death Star (OK, not really, but it was a very cool moment).


2. That time she handled ridiculous questions during a recent radio interview by turning the tables on the DJs.

Grande recently appeared on Power 106 Los Angeles to discuss her new single, "Focus." During the course of the 26-minute interview, there were a few moments worthy of eye-rolls.

The first was when she was given a strange hypothetical question about whether she'd rather go without makeup or her phone for the rest of her life.

The second was when one of the interviewers suggested that certain emojis were "girls'" and certain were "boys.'" She had some thoughts on that, as well.


GIFs from Power 106 Los Angeles.

3. That time she and her mom teamed up to tackle gender equality at the newsstand (or at least highlight it).

Just in case you're wondering where Grande gets her feminist streak, you can thank her mom Joan.



And I could've ended this twitter conversation here, as it illustrates my point well enough, but the next two tweets are too beautiful to leave out:



4. That time back in June, when Grande went on an epic rant about sexism — both in the media and society as a whole.

"I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION," she writes. For more highlights, check out this post over at Bustle.


5. All the times when she's been all about voicing support for women, especially on International Women's Day.

You won't usually see Grande using her social platform (with its tens of millions of followers) to tear into other women. Mostly, you'll find stuff like this, meant to lift and inspire other women to keep kicking ass. She's farfrom perfect, but aren't we all?




6. She's not about to let other women bring her down either — even if they're people she idolizes.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Middler shared her thoughts on the "pornification" of the music industry.

“It's terrible! It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous. I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it. I wish they'd stop. But it's not my business, I'm not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that's what you've got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold."

Later, Middler added, "You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don't."

Taken aback after getting slammed by one of her idols, Grande responded by tweeting a picture of Middler doing her mermaid routine, captioning it, "Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! Not sure where that Bette went, but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! Always a fan no matter what my love."


Maybe you don't like her music or you still feel weird about that whole doughnut thing, but at least give her credit for this.

People aren't perfect, and yes, your favorite will always be problematic. Even so, Ariana Grande deserves some major props for taking a stand on issues affecting her and all women. Way to go, Ariana!

Photo by Chris Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

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A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

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Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

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Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

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The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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