Ever since Meghan Trainor first snapped onto the scene with her empowering, earwormy anthem “All About That Bass,” the Massachusetts native has scored two more hit singles off her début, Title. With her sophomore album due out this spring and a trip to the Grammys on deck for this weekend, she tells why promoting self-confidence is really her jam.
With "All About That Bass," you became the ambassador of body confidence. How comfortable are you with that?
It's incredible. I never thought that as a songwriter I'd put out a song and be the poster girl for fighting body shaming. But people call me their idol and tell me that I inspire them to love themselves, and that's more than a songwriter can ever ask for. For me, I don't pay attention to the negative comments I get. If I'm ever feeling a little insecure about my looks, I find it's most helpful to say out loud, "I look good." The more you compliment yourself, the more you eventually start to believe it.
Is your ultimate goal to change how women view themselves?
I'm trying. I don't think a lot of people are, so it's a nice path to go down. I'm glad my music is doing something positive. I feel like everyone respects a big booty. I know I've got a lot of junk in the trunk, and I rock it. I love to dance and show it off.
Does that mean you bump it to your own songs?
Yes, I do! And to some songs that I haven't even released yet. I like to dance the entire time I'm performing, which is fun and tiring when you're not in the best shape. I dance all the time at my house—even in the shower.
What song empowers you to feel confident?
“Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera really helped me with my insecurities when I was growing up. I love songs that promote self-confidence, even the LMFAO song "Sexy and I Know It."
What do you gravitate to, shopping-wise?
I don't ever wear jeans. I love Nasty Gal’s skirts! I have a ton because they make me look and feel great.
Who inspired you to be so outspoken?
My mom. She told me, “Don't worry about your size,” advice I used for some of my favorite lyrics.
Is she your biggest fan?
She googles me every five seconds. But she only sends me good stuff. I remember when she googled me and found out that "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" went platinum. It seemed like a dream.
What’s your Grammys game plan?
Everything is surprising about the Grammys. It felt like I was on TV, I was all glammed up, just like a movie. This year, I would love to meet Katy Perry. I still haven't met her and I'm a huge fan.
—With reporting by Brianna King