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Singer Ariana Grande Lets The World Know She’s NOT HERE For Double Standards or Misogyny

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Jun. 8 2015, Published 9:14 a.m. ET

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Ariana Grande penned an important essay letting the world know that her value is not determined by her proximity to or relationship with a man.

“I want people reading this to know that they are more than enough on their own,” she wrote.

The 21-year-old singer posted the note to twitter in response to a quote that’s been attributed her saying, “I’m not Big Sean’s ex, I’m not Niall’s possible new girl, I’m Ariana Grande and if that’s not interesting enough, don’t talk to me.” The quote fostered a lot of discussion so she shared a longer response to twitter to clarify her statement and give us insight into her thoughts on double standards and misogyny.

Check out her full note below:

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It’s sad that in 2015, discussions like this are still taking place. Her Agenda does not cover celebrities often, however, when someone of Grande’s status and influence shares thoughts on feminism, sisterhood and double standards it helps shine a light on a still ever-present issue. Moments like this also enlighten her young fans, a new generation of women who typically would not be exposed to messages like this or read about the legacy of feminism and the work of Gloria Steinem.

We applaud Grande for not being afraid to voice her opinion as an empowered woman with a platform — and using that platform to call attention to an important issue.

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By: Rhonesha Byng

Rhonesha Byng is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda— a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. The site provides access to content and community that gives millennial women access to information and inspiration to help them get started or to move to the next level of their career. Rhonesha is an Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto served as the inspiration for Her Agenda. Rhonesha was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and ESSENCE magazine named her among 50 Founders To Watch. Rhonesha is also the co-founder of the newly formed nonprofit org The Black Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute (BOMESI).

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